Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said in a TV interview that if cow meat is part of a citizen’s cuisine, a law should not stop him from consuming it.
“If one thing is a part of his (someone’s) cuisine, I should not oppose it. Finally, it is his discretion. He is not compelling me. He is not forcing me... when it is a part of somebody’s cuisine, I cannot use law against it. I will not do that,” Parsekar said in a popular TV talk show ‘Walk the Talk’ aired by news channel NDTV.
He said the Bharatiya Janata Party will accept this view ‘in days to come’.
Even the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Goa did not contradict his views on the subject, the chief minister said. “My view has not been contradicted by any RSS volunteer or official (so far),” he said.
When asked how he handled the beef ban as CM of Goa, a state where Christians and Muslims account for more than 30% of the population, he said it was natural for him to respect the sentiments of the minorities.
“It was just natural for me. I did not tackle it in a political manner. My feeling was: We (should) respect each other’s sentiments, each other’s feelings,” he said.
The beef consumption issue gained nationwide attention after a mob lynched 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq and injured his son Danish after dragging them out of their home in Bishada village in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh on September 28, 2015, following rumours that they had slaughtered a cow and consumed beef.