Abhaya Gou yatra across State from Dec 3: Seer

Nearly five crore signatures would be collected from across Karnataka and submit it to both Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding them to ban the killing of a cow, and to take steps to protect the cow, said Ramchandrapur Mutt Seer Raghavaeshwara Bharathi.

Speaking to media persons here on Tuesday, he said, the process of collecting the signatures has been started across the State and the consolidation of the same will begin from December 3, during the State-level Abhaya Gou yatra, which will commence at Kalaburagi and culminate on January 15 (most probably) at Bengaluru on January 15.

‘Goukinkaras’ or the cow volunteers have been constituted at village-levels to get signatures from the people by convincing them the importance of cows, he said.

Earlier, giving details about the programme chalked out by the Barath Gou Parivar (BGP) at a meeting held here on Tuesday, BGP State Convener Mahesh Bhat Chikkanhalli said, under the leadership of Raghavaeshwara Bharathi Swamiji, several committees have been formed to make sure that the six local cow breeds of Karnataka are protected and their population increases.

“Cow is not just an animal for us, but a means of our existence, as protection of cow means protecting Dharma, health, economy, agriculture, and culture,” he said.

By collecting five crore signatures in favor of protecting the cow, we will put pressure on the government to take steps in the complete banning of cow slaughter and strict enforcement of the same.

As part of their cow protection measures, Barath Gou Parivar has decided to open ‘Gou banks’, where farmers in distress can ‘deposit’ cow in time of distress and ‘withdraw’ it later. Cows are also given on ‘loan’ to farmers who can look after them. “We are also planning to open fodder banks across the State to provide food for cattle,” he said.

The mutt is also exploring legal options to make sure that cow slaughtering is completely banned in India. “We will demand Mr. Modi to make sure that export of beef from India is also banned,” he said.

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