Kerala floods due to slaughtering of cows in open: BJP MLA

The Karnataka lawmaker said, “Whoever hurts the Hindu religious beliefs will face such consequences.”

india Updated: Aug 26, 2018 22:27 IST
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A man standing in floodwater shares a tray of tea with another man sitting in a canoe in Kainakary village in the district of Alappuzha, Kerala on August 22.(Bloomberg)

BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal has kicked up a fresh row by saying the devastating floods in Kerala occurred because of slaughtering of cows in the open.

“In Kerala, people openly slaughter cows. What happened? Within a year, a situation like this (flood) arose. Whoever hurts the Hindu religious beliefs will face such consequences,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Vijayapura on Saturday.

The BJP MLA from Karnataka’s Vijayapura was apparently referring to an incident in Kerala last year, where a group of men slaughtered a cow in the open, triggering a controversy.

Yatnal said Hindus had sentiments attached to cows and that nobody should hurt others’ religious beliefs.

He added that if the BJP came to power in Karnataka, cow slaughter will be stopped.

Known for making controversial statements, the BJP MLA had last month said if he was the home minister, he would have the intellectuals shot dead as they worked for the human rights of terrorists and not the soldiers who laid down their lives to protect the country.

First Published: Aug 26, 2018 22:25 IST