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Beef would continue to be consumed in Kerala: Kannanthanam

He said if a BJP-ruled state like Goa was eating beef, there should be no problem in Kerela

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Alphons Kannanthanam, the new Minister of State (Independent charge) before taking  charge of his office in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Alphons Kannanthanam, the new Minister of State (Independent charge) before taking charge of his office in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

On the first day in his new office as tourism minister, bureaucrat-turned-politician touched upon the controversial issue of beef, saying it would continue to be consumed in

Talking to PTI, the 1979 cadre officer said that the had never said that beef cannot be eaten.


"As chief minister, Manohar Parrikar has said that beef will be consumed in the state. Similarly, it will be consumed in Kerala," he said.

"The does not mandate that beef cannot be eaten. We don't dictate food habits in any place. It is for the people to decide," he said.

Kannanthanam said if a BJP-ruled state like was eating beef, there should be no problem in Kerela.

He later told a TV channel that he act could be a bridge between the Christian community and the

Addressing some of the concerns that were raised by the Christian community about the in the past, Kannanthanam said it was mere propaganda.

"There was a lot of propaganda in 2014, that if Modi comes to power Christians will be burnt, churches will be demolished. The prime minister has made it clear that believe whatever you want, I will protect you. The PM has done a fantastic job in taking everyone along," he said.

Parrikar, in July, had said in the Assembly that he would ensure that there was no shortage of beef in the state and, if required, it would be imported from neighbouring states.

Cow slaughter is banned in as many as 21 states. of beef has also been barred in some of these states, including Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. It is also banned in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

is among eight states where there are no restrictions on cow slaughter.

However, widespread protests and "beef fests" were organised in in May following a central government notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has stayed the Centre's notification on cattle slaughter ban, while the High Court refused to order a stay on it.

The Supreme Court later clarified that Madras High Court's stay on the notification is operational, implying that the stay on cattle slaughter ban is effective across the country.

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First Published: Tue, September 05 2017. 00:36 IST
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