Rajasthan BJP MLA brings cow to Assembly to protest against rising cases of lumpy skin disease

On Tuesday, the streets of Japiur saw massive protests led by leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against rising cases of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in the worst affected state. Pushkar BJP MLA Suresh Rawat also reached Rajasthan Assembly with a cow on Monday.

Viral disease has hit milk collection in Jaipur. This consequently drove up candy prices in the state. According to the Jaipur Dairy Federation, the state’s largest dairy cooperative, milk collection has fallen by 15-18%, although there has been no disruption in supply so far.

cow in parliament

In an unusual incident, Pushkar BJP MLA Suresh Rawat reached Rajasthan Assembly with a cow on Monday.

The act was performed in protest against the spread of lumpy disease in livestock.

As soon as the BJP MP reached the place and started making a statement, the cow ran away.

CM Ashok Gehlot speaks

On September 19, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan took note of the issue and said that the control of lumpy lumpy disease was the priority of the state government, but the corresponding vaccines would be administered by the Centre.

“I called a meeting on August 15 regarding Lumpy Skin Disease and called the opposition leaders, talked to everyone, talked to religious leaders, our priority is how to save the lives of cows from Lumpy Skin Disease contagious, but the central government give the vaccines and medicine,” CM Gehlot tweeted.

The Cm of Rajasthan also demanded that the central government declare the lumpy disease as a national calamity.

BJP leaders demonstrate in Jaipur

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers have staged a massive protest in Jaipur against rising cases of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) which has killed over 57,000 cattle in Rajasthan and affected another 11 lakh so far. Protesters clashed with police, breaking down barricades and shouting slogans after they were stopped from marching towards the state assembly.

Lumpy skin disease

Lumpy disease is a viral disease that affects cattle. It is transmitted by blood-sucking insects, such as certain species of flies and mosquitoes, or ticks. It causes fever and nodules on the skin and can lead to the death of livestock.

The disease had ravaged livestock across the country, with cows in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab dying in large numbers.

Lumpy skin disease vaccine

On August 10, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched the indigenous Lumpi-ProVac vaccine to protect livestock against lumpy skin disease in a bid to provide relief to livestock from the country.

The vaccine was developed by the National Equine Research Center, Hisar (Haryana) in collaboration with the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izzatnagar (Bareilly).

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