BJP candidate N Sreeprakash said he would make good ‘halal’ beef is available at clean slaughterhouses.

BJPs beef duality Kerala BJP leader ensures quality meat if he is elected
news Politics Sunday, April 02, 2017 - 13:37

In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has started a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses. In Gujarat and Chattisgarh, the BJP wants stringent punishment for those who slaughter cows.

But in Kerala’s Malappuram, the party’s candidate is singing a different tune.

 BJP candidate N Sreeprakash told media on Saturday that he would make sure that good ‘halal’ beef is supplied at clean slaughterhouses if elected.

Addressing the media, he said that it was illegal to consume or slaughter cows in states where it was banned. “There is no ban here on cow slaughter, that is a misconception,” he said.

Kerala has no restrictions on sale and consumption of cow meat and the Malappuram region has a considerable population of beef eaters.

Sreeprakash added that he would start clean slaughterhouses in the region. He also blamed people to blame the Congress for banning beef in many states.

Following Sreeprakash’s statement, a senior Kerala BJP leader on Sunday said the party's state unit holds nothing against consumption of beef in the southern state since there is no ban on it.

"As long as Kerala does not have a beef ban and people eat what they want, the BJP state unit is not against its consumption. The issue comes into play when there is a ban. Currently, there is no ban and hence nothing against the law," Bharatiya Janata Party's state General Secretary M.T. Ramesh told IANS.

"Cow meat is banned in most parts of the country while buffalo meat is not. As far as Kerala is concerned, there is no ban and hence what Sriprakash said is not against the law in Kerala," Ramesh said.

Kerala BJP’s stand remains to be very different from BJP leaders elsewhere.

"We will hang those who kill cows. I don't think it has happened in the last 15 years (of BJP rule). If it happens, we will hang those who dare do it," Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said on Saturday.

Many criticized the BJP for its hypocrisy.


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