In the poll-bound state of Karnataka, the Cow Welfare Cell of Karnataka BJP has organised a 24 hour ‘Gau Raksha Asthayama Yagna’ to create awareness about cow slaughter and illegal cow slaughter-houses in Bengaluru. The yagna started on Friday around 3 pm at Ganesha Devasthana grounds in JP Nagar, Bengaluru.
Siddharth Goenka, convenor State Cow Welfare Cell said, “More than 200 illegal slaughter-houses are working in Bengaluru and the blood that exudates from these illegal slaughter-houses contaminates our water bodies leading to water-borne diseases. We want to create awareness through this programme.”
The Congress has called the yagna an election gimmick. Rizwan Arshad, Congress leader said, "I am happy they are doing yagna for the cow but they should also do yagna for the poor and unemployed people. Elections are near so they want to divert the attention of people from the failures of the Modi government."
However, BJP denies the allegations of Congress and says this is the routine work of the Cow Welfare Cell.
The yagna will conclude on Saturday 3 pm.