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BJP never said beef cannot be eaten – Minister

Alphons Kannanthanam who has assumed the portfolio in the new rejig of cabinet under PM Narendra Modi as Tourism Minister has spoken about the controversial issue of beef, saying it would continue to be consumed in Kerala. “As Goa chief minister, Manohar Parrikar has said that beef will be consumed in the state. Similarly, it will be consumed in Kerala,” he said.

He added further The BJP does not mandate that beef cannot be eaten. We don’t dictate food habits in any place. It is for the people to decide.There was a lot of propaganda in 2014, that if Modi comes to power Christians will be burnt, churches will be demolished. The prime minister has made it clear that believe whatever you want, I will protect you. The PM has done a fantastic job in taking everyone along.”

The news comes as a shocker to the Modi cabinet since the issue which has subsided for a while is again cropping up. While cow slaughter is banned in 21 States which were ruled by the BJP led Government, the Kerala High Court has refused to place a stay on the order and is one among the eight states where the beef is still consumed.

It is to be recalled here that Kerala organised widespread protests and “beef fests”  in May after the  central government notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.

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