The Congress once again took potshots at the chief minister over the death of hundreds of bovines at Hingonia Cow Rehabilitation Centre (HCRC), located on the outskirts of the state capital.
Party workers and councillors gheraoed the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) on Friday to express discontent over the slow pace of work to clear sludge at the centre and threatened to gherao the residences of the chief minister and governor with rotis (breads) if the situation at the cow rehab centre was not improved within 72 hours.
District Congress committee president, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, also took a swipe at the chief minister for not visiting HCRC despite over 500 cows deaths. “The BJP, which does politics in the name of ‘Ram’ and ‘cow,’ today is feeling no pain to see cows die. Across the state, hundreds of cows are dying at government gaushala (cow shelters) and the only reason behind it is corruption in the expenditure on cow heads,” he said.
The Congress leader claimed the government had earmarked crores for the purchase of fodder, water, medicine and other facilities for cows, but not a single penny was being used for the welfare of the animal.
“(The) government policy is anti-cow and people who played politics in the name of cows are now trying to suppress the issue…If the situation at HCRC is not improved in 72 hours, and deaths of cows do not stop then, the chief minister’s and the governor’s residences will be gheraoed with one lakh rotis’ (breads) collected from city households to put pressure on the government,” said Khachariyawas.
The district Congress president also urged the government to simplify the process of releasing cows from rehab centres. “There are around 10,000 cows at HCRC, of which 8,000 are healthy and should be registered and handed over to cattle rearers to save them from dying,” he said.
Accusing the mayor, chief executing officer and other senior leaders and officials of corruption in the municipal body, Khachariyawas said: “The Congress councillors will hold a 15-minute demonstration at 11am at the JMC office daily till the situation of the HCRC is improved.”
Senior party leaders, including Archana Sharma, Sanjau Bapna, Jyoti Khandelwa, ex-MP Mahesh Joshi, were also present at the agitation.