BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday said that in whichever state the party is in power there is a ban on beef.
Shah also downplayed Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark that those who want to eat beef can go to Pakistan, saying it was his “personal” view. “Wherever there is BJP government, there is ban on beef,” he told reporters.
Asked to comment on Naqvi’s remark, Shah said, “That was his personal comment. I have no comment to make. I can’t make personal comment. I am the party President,” Shah said in response to queries on the issue.
Meanwhile, members belonging to a Hindu group burnt an effigy of Union Minister Kiren Rijiju in Ghaziabad over his reported comment on beef eating and demanded that he be sacked.
“The remark made by Rijiju is obnoxious,” National spokesman of Sarv Brahmin Maha Sabha B K Sharma said.
“If some minister in the Narendra Modi government eats beef, he must be sacked,” he said adding that his statements had hurt the sentiments of Hindus.
Reacting to Naqvi’s comments that those who want to eat beef “can go to Pakistan”, Rijiju had reportedly said, “I eat beef, I’m from Arunachal Pradesh, can somebody stop me? So let us not be touchy about somebody’s practices.”