Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma threatens Assam govt, says – Will move Centre if Assam’s Cow Protection Bill affects us

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma has threatened to seek central government’s intervention if the proposed Cow Protection Bill by the Assam government affects the state’s economy.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said that the Meghalaya government will intervene if the proposed cow protection law in Assam affects the movement of cattle in the state. CM Sangma said that “We will have to examine the law after Assam is passed and implemented. We have to see the terms and conditions and how they plan to implement it. It would not be right for me to comment further without seeing the contents of the Bill”.

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However, if there is any issue of the Assam government and the Center which will disrupt the economy of Meghalaya, then this matter will be taken up. The Assam government will introduce the Cow Protection Bill during the upcoming budget session of the Assembly. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that the proposed law is primarily aimed at stopping the movement of cattle from other parts of the country to Assam and vice versa. Beef is popular in Meghalaya and cattle from different parts of the country reach the state via Assam.

In fact, all supplies to the Northeast from other states pass through Assam. Saganma said that “We have had preliminary communication with the states that provide us cattle like West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. Under normal circumstances, the transportation of cattle from these states to Meghalaya via Assam should not be hindered. We will take all steps to ensure that it is not hampered by the new Assam law”.

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