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Kerala cow slaughter row AICC secretary announces Rs 1 lakh reward for teaching accused lesson

Congress’s national secretary Sajjan Singh Verma on Monday announced Rs 1 lakh cash reward to anyone who slaps a shoe 25 times and blackens the face of the leader and his companions involved in slaughtering a cow in Kerala recently

bhopal Updated: May 30, 2017 17:13 IST
Cow slaughter
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Congress’s national secretary Sajjan Singh Verma on Monday announced Rs 1 lakh cash reward to anyone who slaps a shoe 25 times and blackens the face of the leader and his companions involved in slaughtering a cow in Kerala recently.

Verma, the four-time MLA and former minister, made this announcement on his twitter handle on Monday.

The tweet read, “Kerral mai huvi gohatya nindaneya. Doshi neta va uskey saathiiyon ko sarey-aam 25 jootey marney va unka mooh kala karney wale ko meri aur se 1 lakh ka nakadh inaam..” (I condemn the cow slaughter in Kerala. Anyone who slaps a shoe 25 times and blackens the face the guilty leader and his companions publically will get a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh from me…).

In Kerala, one of the few states where cow slaughter is not banned, Opposition organised “beef festivals” to protest against the Centre’s recent decision to ban sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.

A cow was slaughtered in Kerala’s Kannur in public view on Saturday evening, during a “beef fest”. A purported video of the slaughter, and cooking of the meat, went viral on social media and television, embarrassing the Congress party and sparking widespread condemnation across India.

Speaking to HT over phone, Sajjan Singh Verma, the former member parliament from Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas constituency, said he stands by his tweet. He said he can’t tolerate such acts whether they are from a leader or a worker of any political party.

“It is not about the party. It is about the individual. Any individual who harms, mistreats or kills our revered cow, will have to face the ire of those who worship cow in this country. And this has nothing do with a party”, he said.

Verma said he has been campaigning for last two months in various parts of the MP regarding declaring cow as the national animal. “I am working for ensuring cow is made the national animal of our country given the contribution it has made to India’s civilizational ethos”, he said.

It is not the first time that such an announcement has been made by a politician from MP on the social media. In January this year, BJP leader Akilesh Khandelwal, who is BJP’s general secretary in Hoshangabad, announced Rs 10,000 reward to anyone who hurled a shoe at the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Khandelwal made his announcement on his Facebook post. The post read, “Sanjay Leela Bhansali ko jootey marney par Rs 10,000 rupiyey inaam. (Rs 10,000 reward to anyone who hurls a shoe at Sanjay Bhansali).