At a time the BJP apparently eyeing towards a ‘vegetarian India’ closing down meat shops across the country, the saffron party’s candidate for Malappuram by-poll in Kerala said that he will take all necessary steps to avail good quality meat in the constituency. The candidate N Sriprakash also said he will start quality slaughter houses if voted to power.
Addressing the media, the BJP candidate in Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency, which is going to poll booths on 12 April, also said the BJP has no objection towards consuming meat.
There is no issue in having whatever food one likes. BJP has not banned beef in any of the states, instead, cow slaughter was banned. I will start quality slaughter houses here if voted to powerN Sriprakash, BJP Candidate, Malappuram
He also urged people not to vote against him thinking he is against beef consumption.
The BJP candidates comments came while the BJP is up in arms against slaughter houses at many states where the saffron party or its allies lead the government. Uttar Pradesh and Jarkhand have closed down several ‘illegal’ slaughter houses.
Seven illegal slaughterhouses were sealed in Bihar’s Rohtas district after the Patna High Court directed them be sealed within six weeks.
Various cow protection organisations from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have also started demanding for the closure of various meat shops in the respective states.
The Bajrang Dal and the Vishva Hindu Parishad activists have also been asking for an increase in the punishment for cow slaughter to life term in the Maharashtra assembly replicating the Gujarat law.
In Karnataka too, the Gau Samrakshana Prakoshta and Karnataka Federation of Gaushaalas reportedly have demanded 1,700 meat shops in the city be closed down as they are unauthorised.
The Gujarat government made cow slaughtering punishable with life imprisonment. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said his government will hang those kill cow.
However, in Northeast, BJP has taken a contradictory stance. They party leadership there said they will be no beef ban if the party comes to power in Northeastern states.
The by-election in the Muslim majority Malappuram constituency was necessitated after the passing away of Muslim League veteran E. Ahamed.