Panaji, July 26:  Pointing out the shortage of beef in the state, BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo lashed the BJP led coalition government in Goa on Thursday for failing to crack down the cow vigilantes. Lobo blamed the cow vigilantes for causing beef shortage which subsequently affected the tourism in the state.

In the wake of cow vigilantism in the country, Michael Lobo said, “There are many meat eaters in Goa. Tourists come here to eat beef. There is a shortage of beef.”Lobo, who represents Goa’s Calangute district, a heartland for tourism, said that tourists heavily rely on the beef and the shortage of the meat is affecting the tourism sector.

Even a mere suspicion of beef eating induces lynching of the person involved. With such cases on the rise, cow vigilantes are a threat to the trade and lives of many across the country. Pointing out the panic created by cow vigilantes in the state Lobo said, “Some so-called cow protectors are standing at the state border and blocking entry for beef being brought to Goa. Goa meat complex is shut. We have failed on this front.”

Goa, which is a Christian majority state followed by the Muslims, the population consume tons of beef every day. However, many abattoirs have been non-functional due to a litigation forcing traders to bring in beef from Karnataka.

“I want the minister to tell me when Goa meat complex will start and whether there will be an interference from so-called ‘gau rakshaks’. I respect them but there are people in Goa in large numbers who eat beef. You cannot stop that,” said Lobo while demanding a reply from the Manohar Parrikar led government.

(With ANI inputs)