Kerala: To win Malappuram poll, BJP candidate promises 'halal' beef

Kerala: To win Malappuram poll, BJP candidate promises 'halal' beef

Kerala: To win Malappuram poll, BJP candidate promises 'halal' beef

Sreeprakash has assured Malappuram's 65 per cent Muslim and five per cent Christian voters that he would ensure "good quality beef" if elected, although with the rider that he is personally against cow slaughter. In Goa, the BJP is in power and a large section there eats beef. He commented on the issue as BJP asserting that no cow slaughter ban will be enforced in the three northeastern states.

Cow vigilantes had lynched even a BJP worker to death in Udupi, Karnataka, last August, accusing him of smuggling cows. The Uttar Pradesh government, ruled by the saffron party with Yogi Adityanath at the helm, has cracked down on illegal abattoirs, a move replicated by chief ministers of other states such as Bihar and Jharkhand. In Uttar Pradesh, cow is considered mummy (mother), while in northeast it's yummy.

"We admire those who believe that cow slaughter is a crime".

Article 48 of the Constitution says, "The State shall endeavor to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle".

"There are slaughter houses providing unhygienic meat of dead cows".

Carrying of beef has also become a non-bailable offence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home State and can attract seven to ten years in jail.

"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 reality here is very different and our Central leaders are aware of that". "They need to clarify on who needs to be held responsible, imprisoned or hanged for the voluntary manslaughter that is committed when a farmers commits suicide", the editorial said, adding that if there was a penalty for killing cows, governments should be held responsible for farmer suicides too.

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