New Delhi, Oct 16: Stirring yet another controversy, Haryana Chief Minister H L Khattar said that Muslims can stay in this country but they should stop eating beef. Referring to the recent Dadri lynching, Khattar said that cow being a worshiped animal, people cannot slaughter it. He said, “Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef because the cow is an article of faith here.” He said that Muslims must give up beef. According to an Indian Express Report, Khattar said, “Muslim rahein, magar is desh mein beef khaana chhodna hi hoga unko. Yahan ki manyata hai gau.Also Read - 4-Day Tika Utsav Begins Today, Special Drive to Vaccinate Maximum Eligible People | All You Need to Know

Khattar was highly criticized for his statement on beef. Congress spokesperson, Meem Afzal said that Haryana Chief Minister has forgotten that non-Muslims also consume beef. He said, “It’s not just Mulsims who eat beef. ML Khattar should know that, why doesnt he protes about other people eating beef?” (Also Read: ‘Really sad’ Narendra Modi washes his hands off Dadri and Ghulam Ali incident; says centre has no role to play) Also Read - CISF Issues Clarification Over Cooch Behar Firing, Says Mob of 150 Attacked Troops, Action In Self Defence

Asaduddin Owaisi, President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen tweeted saying, “Prime Minister will say Sad sad what can centre do ?Forget about CM threatening 17 crore proud Indian Muslims.” The recent strife related to beef began after Narendra Modi-led government banned beef in various states of the country as slaughtering of cows can hurt religious sentiment. Cow is worshiped by Hindus. Also Read - 'Glad They Are Taking My Clubhouse Chat Seriously', Prashant Kishor Reacts to Audio Clip Released by BJP

Commenting on the Dadri lynching incident where in a Muslim man was killed for slaughtering and eating, he said, “It is a result of misunderstanding and said both sides have committed a mistake. He further said that it was the victim’s comment that hurt sentiments of people who attacked him. He also added saying, “But I say that attacking and killing the person was also wrong.”