Beefing up support Keralas politicians keep party politics aside for beef fry
news Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 12:06

Beef has once again caused a stir, and this time in the national capital itself. Kerala’s state guesthouse, Kerala House, was stormed by over twenty police officers on Monday after a Hindu Sena leader, Vishnu Gupta, called and informed the police that the house canteen was serving a dish made of cow meat. He sprung to action after a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) associate of his remarked that the dish, named beef fry, contained cow meat and not buffalo meat.

This again proved to be an incident of religious intolerance, with beef once again finding itself at the epicentre of politics. The police raid and the subsequent commotion resulted in the house deciding to stop serving the dish. Kerala House Resident Commissioner has filed a complaint with the DCP, New Delhi, over the entry of some individuals in the guest house without permission.

Immediately following the incident, politicians and bureaucrats from Kerala condemned the actions of the Delhi Police. Oommen Chandy, Kerala’s Chief Minister, commented, “Kerala house is not a private hotel, it is a government establishment. Many ministers, bureaucrats and others live in Kerala house. The police should not have just entered and raided. They should have followed some procedure. I condemn the raids.”

Home Minister of the state Ramesh Chennithala too condemned the raids.

CPI (M) Politburo member, Pinarayi Vijayan went on to say, “The same forces that killed Mohammed Akhlaq have entered the kitchen of the Kerala House. Tomorrow they will forcibly enter every kitchen in our country.” The police, however, refused to comment on the matter.

Former Defence Minister AK Antony also condemned the incident stating "individuals can decide what to eat and what not. Nobody can dictate what another person should eat:"

And as you can see, beef is off the menu for Tuesday.