Chandigarh, October 16: A day after his remarks demanding  Indian Muslims give up beef created furore, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar defended himself on Friday. Using the most common excuse, Khattar said that he had been misunderstood and that his words had been misconstrued. He also said that he was ‘ready to apologize’ to whoever he had hurt with his remarks. Khattar’s clarifications comes a day after he had said that Muslims ‘can live in India’ but they will have to give up eating beef, since it’s revered by the majority in the country. Khattar said on Friday that he firmly believed in unity and secularism and that is what his party also stands for. Also Read: ML Khattar says Muslims can eat beef, but not in this country; Owaisi takes a dig at ModiAlso Read - HTET 2021 Big Update: Application Date Extended Till This Date On bseh.org.in | Check Details Here

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Khattar had on Thursday termed the Dadri incident tragic but had very irresponsibly, indicated that the fault had been from both the sides. “It should not have happened – from both sides”, Khattar had said, claiming that the victim Mohammad Akhlaq had made ‘loose comments’ on cow, which had hurt the sentiments of the village, ultimately leading to a Hindutva mob lynching him to death. Moreover, Khattar had also compared the incident to a person witnessing his mother/sister getting molested and reacting violently to it in return. Giving the benefit of doubt to the perpetrators of the heinous crime which shook the very roots of secularism and plurality in India, Khattar said that there was a need to examine the sentiments of the people what angered them to react the way they did. Also Read - Police Use Water Canons on Farmers Protesting Outside Haryana CM's Residence | Watch