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Panel chief defends anti-cow slaughter Bill

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Bangalore: Newly appointed chairperson of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission Anwar Manippadi has spoken in defence of the controversial anti cow-slaughter legislation passed by the Bharatiya Janata Party Government.

Speaking at the maiden press conference here on Friday, after taking over from Khusro Quraishi, he said that the commission would work in such a manner as to not hurt the sentiments of the majority community. Cows are revered by 85 per cent of the Indian population and protecting them is a Constitutional obligation, he added.

There can be peace and harmony in the country, said Mr. Manippadi, only when the minority communities respect the sentiments of the majority community. He said that he was writing a book in Kannada and English on cattle wealth and Indian economy, arguing against cow slaughter.

He said that people who could not tolerate the growth of BJP in Karnataka were making false allegations about minorities being targeted during its regime. A large number of people from minority communities were now joining the BJP, he claimed. Mr. Manippadi said that he would work towards rooting out corruption and any department not responding to the needs of the minority communities will be seriously warned.

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