Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Rameshwar Sharma on Sunday slammed the Congress for making false promise of protecting cows just to garner votes in the upcoming state assembly elections.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Sharma alleged that the Congress party is hypocritical when it comes to protecting cows in the state because the party workers had earlier killed a cow in Kerala. In 2017, a Congress worker had allegedly butchered a cow on camera in Kannur district of Kerala. Later the workers enjoyed an impromptu beef festival.

A case was filed against the Kerala Youth Congress workers because the Central government had banned the sale of cows for slaughter. Calling the Congress party ‘butchers’, Sharma said that the party acts like cow worshippers for namesake.

“Now butchers are dreaming about cows just for sake of votes. Hypocritical that Congress workers kill a cow on camera in Kerala while here Congress acts like cow worshippers,” said Sharma.

In a 112-page manifesto titled “Vachan Patra”, the Congress party had mentioned the setting up of ‘gaushalas’ (cowsheds) in every village panchayat and ensuring that injured cows receive good care. The manifesto was released on Saturday in the presence of state Congress president Kamal Nath, state campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh.

State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said that Congress only releases manifestos but fails to fulfill them just like the earlier party leaders Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

Congress released the fifth list of 16 candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, while the fourth list was released on Wednesday. The voting of the fourth list of candidates is scheduled to be conducted on November 28. It must be noted that on November 3 the party had released the names of 155 candidates contesting in the upcoming polls, the results of which will be announced on December 11.

The state goes to polls on November 28 for a direct battle between the BJP and the Congress. While the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government is trying to win for the fourth straight term, the Congress is seeking to come back to power after 15 years.

The tenure of the Madhya Pradesh 230-member House expires on January 7, 2019. Meanwhile, the ruling party BJP in Madhya Pradesh has 166 seats in the House.

Several opinion polls have predicted a neck-to-neck fight between the BJP and the Congress. The ABP News- C Voter Survey has given the Congress a slight edge over the BJP with the former likely to win 118 seats and the latter 106 seats.

On the other hand, the IndiaTV – CNX pre-poll survey has predicted a clear edge for the BJP with 128 seats and the Congress restricted to 85 seats.

(With Agency inputs)