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Minister of State (MoS) Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju took MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to task earlier today, when the former slammed Naqvi on his nonchalant advice on eating beef. Hailing from Arunachal Pradesh, Rijiju was miffed with Naqvi’s statement and retorted by saying that he eats beef and can anybody stop him? Also Read - Subhra Kundu, Wife of Rose Valley Group Chief Gautam Kundu, Arrested By CBI
As per TV reports, while answering to a question, which referred to Naqvi’s remark, MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, “Those states which have Hindu majority can implement laws of banning cow slaughter, but cannot be forcefully implemented in north-eastern states. Majority of people eat beef here. I hail from Arunachal Pradesh and I eat beef; can anybody stop me? Hence such topics should not be sensationalised. We are a democratic country and people here should respect each others feelings.” (Also read: Kiren Rijiju: Arvind Kejriwal only wants drama, we believe in governance) Also Read - Karnataka: Is BJP Planning to End Taluk Panchayat? Congress Questions State's Intention
Earlier, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had courted a controversy when he said. “Those people who are dying without eating beef in India can go to Pakistan or countries where it is available. Beef will no more be available in India.” (Also read: Beef eaters can go to Pakistan: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government completed its one year in office on May 26, and only a day after its pompous celebrations, the cracks in government seem to come to the fore. How far this statement of Kiren Rijiju will harm Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) interest of banning cow-slaughter across India is for time to tell. For now, the tussle between two ministers has armed the Opposition to feast upon at a proper time!