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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

‘BJP’s beef ban policy is divisive’: Goa Congress after Union minister’s comment on cow slaughter

The Union minister of parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi had said on Monday that a law banning beef was being contemplated in Karnataka but was ‘yet to be decided’.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2019 13:05 IST
Gerard de Souza
Gerard de Souza
Hindustan Times, Panaji
Any potential ban on the sale and transport of beef in Karnataka is likely to have a profound impact on its availability in Goa as the state is dependent on the neighbouring state for cattle for slaughter.
Any potential ban on the sale and transport of beef in Karnataka is likely to have a profound impact on its availability in Goa as the state is dependent on the neighbouring state for cattle for slaughter. (Photo: AP)
         

The Congress in Goa on Tuesday questioned the ‘discrepancies’ in the BJP’s policy on beef in different states after Union minister Pralhad Joshi said the government was contemplating a ban on the meat in Karnataka.

The Union minister of parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi, who was in the state to speak about the achievements of the Modi government in the first 100 days of its second term, had said on Monday that a law banning beef was being contemplated in Karnataka but was ‘yet to be decided’.

“It is the feeling of many people in Karnataka and it will be decided as per the emotions of the Karnataka people,” Joshi, who hails from Karnataka, had said. “I don’t think it will have any impact on Goa,” he had said.

However, the Congress party was having none of it.

“They are selectively trying to use it where it is advantageous to them, they will polarise them. Where it is disadvantageous to them, they will just leave it. Goa is one issue, Kerala is another issue and the northeast is the third,” president of the Congress’ state unit Girish Chodankar said on Tuesday.

“For everything, they say, ‘One nation, One rule’ and ‘One Nation, One Election’. Why not a policy on beef? Is it to target certain communities? Their intent is bad,” Chodankar added.

“For them, this is a different country, where one country, one nation, one law, one election does not apply here. So, they are doing it very selectively and they are only trying to divide this country,” Chodankar said.

Any potential ban on the sale and transport of beef in Karnataka is likely to have a profound impact on its availability in Goa as the state is dependent on the neighbouring state for cattle for slaughter.

Traders fear that such a move will ruin their livelihood as well as render Goa’s government-run abattoir, which relies on cattle brought in from Karnataka, defunct.

“We bring in beef and live animals from Karnataka. If they shut down the business in Karnataka, there will have a huge effect in Goa. Goa is a tourist place and many foreigners come here, hotels and other businesses depend on us for beef. It will affect the whole state,” Manna Bepari, the president of Qureshi Meat Traders Association of Goa, said.

First Published: Sep 10, 2019 13:05 IST