Indian Minister of State for Parliamentary Affair, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday caused a stir by declaring that those who cannot survive without eating beef, should go to Pakistan.
The union minster in Narendra Modi’s government made the comments responding to a question by India Today Group consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai at ‘Manthan’ conclave organised by TV channel Aaj Tak. He said “If you can’t resist eating or sell beef, you should go to Pakistan or any other Arab country. There is no place for you in India.”
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, leader Asaduddin Owaisi who was also present at the panel quickly questioned the minister if he was indeed asking his Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to leave the country.
In March, this year President Pranab Mukherjee granted assent to the bill banning the sale or possession of beef in the state with stringent penalties, which will rendered about 25 lakh people without a livelihood in the state.
The BJP government has been pushing for a nationwide ban on beef because of considered sacred in Hindu religion. Many in the minority community the beef ban as evidence of an assault on secularism.
Beef is widely consumed in various states across India. Infact, India is the largest exporter of beef in the world for last two years. In 2015, it exported 2.4 million tons.