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Rajasthan: Massive protest in Jaipur by BJP over lumpy virus because of cow deaths

BJP workers are on the streets today in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The BJP is protesting strongly against the death of thousands of cows due to the lumpy virus. Police is trying to control BJP workers.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

New Delhi: Lumpy virus is wreaking havoc in Rajasthan. Thousands of cows have lost their lives in the state due to the lumpy virus. At the same time, the opposition party BJP is attacking the Gehlot government of the state regarding this issue. In the capital Jaipur, BJP workers are protesting strongly against the government.

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Hundreds of BJP workers have taken to the streets in Jaipur. Barricading has been done by the police to stop the BJP workers. The protesters are raising slogans against the Gehlot government. Police is trying hard to stop them.

Due to the lumpy virus in Rajasthan, more than 60 thousand cows have died in the last three months. At the same time, 8 lakh cows have been infected with lumpy. It is being told that lumpy skin disease has spread in 22 districts of the state. Due to the large number of deaths due to the lumpy virus, the production of milk has also come down in the state. Due to shortage of milk, its prices have increased in many districts.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has demanded that the central government declare lumpy disease as a national calamity.

He said, “Our priority is how to save the lives of cows from lumpy skin disease. The Centre has to give the vaccine and medicines, so in such a situation we are demanding the Centre to declare it a national calamity.”

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The disease has also hit milk collection in Jaipur, resulting in a rise in the prices of sweets manufactured in the state. According to Jaipur Dairy Federation, the biggest milk cooperative in the state, milk collection is down by 15-18 per cent, though there has so far been no disruption in supply.

Chief Minister Gehlot has expressed concern about the prevailing situation, as animal husbandry constitutes the backbone of Rajasthan’s economy. Milk is the primary source of income for farmers in this desert state. He has written to the Centre, asking the government to declare LSD a national calamity, as it has spread to 13 states.

In his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Gehlot has stressed the need for additional aid to counter the disease and has also asked for Rajasthan to be given a priority once a vaccine is ready.

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