New Delhi: A candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party, which pushes for a nationwide ban on beef and also turns a deaf ear to attacks on minorities by cow vigilantes, has promised ‘quality beef’ in a bid to lure voters in the Lok Sabha by-elections in Muslim dominated Malapuram constituency of Kerala.
“I will ensure quality beef and standard abattoirs in my constituency. In Kerala, there is no ban on beef so that question (of ban) doesn’t arise here. My opponents are citing beef ban just to portray my party in bad light,” N Sreeprakash said.
He had sparked a row with his same remark in 2017 as well.
Beef is not permitted in scores of Indian states. However, it is still legal in Kerala, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
Malappuram is recording a stiff contest between Muslim League’s PK Kunahlikutty, CPM’s MB Faisal and Sreeprakash of the BJP.