Not just in North India, even in a state of Kerala where slaughtering cow is not illegal, BJP is trying to polarise voters on the basis of their food habits. BJP state general secretary K Surendran, who is noted for his aggressive and vitriolic speeches has now challenged anyone who is brave enough to kill a cow in Kerala. He made this open challenge while participating in a election debate programme conducted by the Manorama News.
Malapuram Loksabha constituency is going to poll on 12 April.
BJP in the constituency went in to defensive when its candidate N Sreeprakash said he will make all arrangements in the constituency to make available halal beef if he is elected. His statement ostensibly intended to impress Muslim voters in the constituency has put the BJP in catch 22 situation. The party which is militantly propagating vegetarianism in North India had shown no qualms in batting for the right of the people to have halal meat in Muslim dominated Malapuram district.
This blatant double standard was ridiculed by civil society activists and political opponents in the state. Then BJP shifted to their basics and is now daring anyone to kill cow for meat. Kerala unlike many other states has not banned cow slaughtering. The staple food of the majority of Malayalees irrespective of their religion contains beef meat also.
After the BJP candidate’s statement drew flak state level leaders are aggressively pursuing the beef issue in the constituency in order to polarise voters against Muslims.
BJP got 7.58 percent votes in the 2014 general election, in which E Ahmed of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) won by whopping 1, 94,739 votes. P K Kunjalikutty of IUML and M B Faisal of CPIM are the main contenders in the by poll.