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Karnataka: Math seers urge Siddaramaiah govt not to repeal anti-cow slaughter, anti-conversion laws

According to VHP, the conference discussed various issues like cow slaughter, religious conversion, environment, and harmony among others, and adopted two resolutions unanimously.

Ashesh Mallick Edited By: Ashesh Mallick Bengaluru Published on: August 13, 2023 19:06 IST
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah
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Resolution: Seers of various maths have unanimously adopted resolutions in this regard and urged the Karnataka government not to repeal anti-cow slaughter and anti-conversion laws for any reason.

They have urged the government to implement both laws as it is and not to dilute them.

Seers of various maths participated in a "Santa Sammelana" (saints/ seers conference), organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad at Yadugiri Yathiraja Math at Malleshwaram here and held discussions regarding various developments with respect to "Dharma" in the state, VHP said in a release here.

According to VHP, the conference discussed various issues like cow slaughter, religious conversion, environment, and harmony among others, and adopted two resolutions unanimously.

About 14 seers of various maths are signatories to the resolution, including Yadugiri Yatiraja Narayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji of Yadugiri Yathiraja Math, Chandreshananda ji of Ramakrishna Mission, Ravishankara Shivacharya Swamiji of Mahalingeshwara math.

What had Congress said?

This comes as the Congress party had suggested ahead of the 2023 Assembly polls in Karnataka that it intends to withdraw both these legislations introduced by the previous BJP government.

While the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah-led Congress government after coming to power has already decided to repeal the anti-conversion law, it recently clarified that there is no proposal to repeal the anti-cow slaughter law.

"For people to live with peace, harmony and brotherhood in Karnataka, the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act (anti-cow slaughter act), should not be withdrawn by the current government," the first resolution read.

"For people of India to live with peace and harmony, the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Act (anti-conversion act) should not be withdrawn, and urge the government to implement it," another resolution read.

Earlier, speaking to the media, Yadugiri Yatiraja Narayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji said, “Religious conversion and cow slaughter should stop. Our dharma believes that people of all religions should co-exist in India peacefully. So all of us have gathered here to urge the government”.

He said that the resolutions passed will be submitted to the government.

"We expect the government to respond positively. The party is not important here, the issue is important. The issue is for all. I don't want to speak on politics," the seer said.

(With PTI inputs)

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