Bengaluru, Mar 31 (PTI) Taking a dig at the BJP over its “double standard” on the ban of cow slaughter, Karnataka minister Ramalinga Reddy today alleged that the country’s beef export was flourishing under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime.
Recalling the statements of BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during their visits to Karnataka that they would ban cow slaughter in the state after coming to power, Reddy said killing of any animal was not right.
“They (BJP) say that they will ban cow slaughter if they come to power in Karnataka, while our country exports cow meat, beef to other countries…it has been four years since they came to power, why have they not stopped these exports,” he asked.
Speaking to reporters here, the state home minister noted, “If they have real love for cows, they will have to first stop the exports.” Reddy also alleged that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime, the country has attained second position in the global beef exports, from the third place it enjoyed earlier.
Brazil currently holds the first position, while Australia is third.
The Congress minister said the income earned by the country during 2015-16 from beef exports stood at Rs 26,682 crore.
“Does this mean for Rs 26,000 crore, they (BJP) are exporting beef and not banning it? If their sentiment about cow is true, let them stop it,” he said.
Citing data by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy data, Reddy said under the Modi regime, beef exports have seen a growth of about 14 per cent every year.
BJP-ruled Maharashra and Uttar Pradesh have large number of beef processing and exporting companies, he said, adding there were allegations that BJP leaders were partners in these beef exporting companies in Uttar Pradesh.
The Karnataka minister said in BJP-ruled Goa, 30 to 50 tonnes of beef is used every day, adding in many northeastern states where the BJP is in power, they are not ready for a ban on cow slaughter for “political reasons”.
“…they (BJP) are playing a drama…if they want to ban, let them ban every where and all animals. I will completely support it…let them first leave their double standard out,” he said.
Reddy also termed Shah’s visit to temples, Swami jis (seers) and royal family of Mysuru in Karnataka as “politically motivated” ahead of the May 12 state assembly election.
Hitting out at Shah’s statement that BJP would bring the culprits involved in killings of RSS and BJP activists to justice, Reddy asked, “Who are they to bring them to justice when we have already done the job.” He said the state government has already put the culprits behind bars and in many cases, charge-sheets have been filed, adding “the BJP claimed that 23 activists were killed, while the the truth is only 10 of them belonged to the BJP or Sangh parivar. The rest were all different cases, including that of personal rivalry.” Accusing the BJP of indulging in false propaganda about the killing of ‘Hindu activists’, he questioned as to why the party leaders were not speaking about the killings of PFI and SDPI activists.
Regarding party ticket to his daughter Soumya Reddy to contest from Jayanagara constituency in Bengaluru for the assembly polls, Reddy said, “If she is given the ticket, she will contest from Jayanagara, if some one else is given, we will support that candidate”.
About reports that she was looking at Bommanahalli constituency as a second option, the home minister clarified that his daughter would not contest from any other constituency.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.