July 27, 2018: Controversial RSS Leader Indresh Kumar stirred up yet another storm on Friday when he said that if the BJP came to power with a full majority in 2019, the party will completely ban beef consumption throughout India.
The RSS is for a complete and total ban on beef consumption in the country. In 2014, though the BJP got a full majority in the lower house, it did not have a full majority in the upper house to make requisite changes in the laws required to enforce such an absolute nationwide ban, Kumar said.
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The RSS has time and again maintained that once their party (the BJP) has an absolute majority in both the Houses of Parliament, they would amend the Constitution of India to declare India a Hindu State and completely ban the slaughter of cows and consumption of beef throughout the country.
Kumar simply reiterated this position on Friday when he stressed that in 2019, the RSS will enforce a complete beef ban in the country.
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Kumar’s comments came when he was asked on Friday to clarify on his earlier statements made on Monday (Read Here) and Thursday (Read Here) respectively concerning consumption of been in States like Goa and in the North East.
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On Wednesday, BJP leader and Union minister Giriraj Singh had endorsed the views of Indresh Kumar on the beef issue, saying Kumar is a “mature” man and said whatever he did “after proper thought”, reports news agency ANI.
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In response to Kumar, UP CM Yogi Adityanath also made it clear on Tuesday that his government was committed to the protection of cattle, particularly cows from smuggling and slaughter.
He said, “Cow smuggling and slaughter should be stopped. Under no circumstances can we allow cow slaughter and smuggling. Everyone’s faith must be respected.”
Several senior BJP leaders have supported or endorsed this stand, while the PM has kept mum all along.
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in the past on several occasions had advocated a nation-wide law and ban against cow slaughter, calling it a “vice” that must be removed, but also condemned violence by cow protection groups as it “defames” the cause.
He also pitched for stepping-up of cow protection efforts by bringing more people in the drive while “completely obeying the law and the Constitution”.
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In several northeastern states, including some where BJP is in power, cow slaughter is not banned while beef is consumed widely in states like Goa, Kerala and West Bengal where the party is working to emerge as a strong political force. The RSS chief suggested that enactment of a law everywhere to totally ban beef consumption will take time due to the complexities of politics.
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“I am confident that wherever RSS workers are in power, they will deal with local politics and complexities and work in that direction,” he said.
Cow protection should be promoted in such a way that it wins over more and more people to the cause and brings praise for those doing it, Bhagwat had said.
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Meanwhile, according to an ANI report, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi has said that Muslims should stop eating beef.
Speaking to ANI, Mr Rizvi said that even in Islam cow meat is considered ‘haram’ (forbidden). He pitched for strict action against culprits who kill cows.
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“Muslims should stop eating beef. Killing of cows should stop. You cannot stop mob lynching, security cannot be deployed everywhere. So a law should be made awarding strict punishment to those killing cows,” Mr Rizvi said.
Backing the statement of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar on cow killing, Mr Rizvi further said that someone with status of a mother should not be killed.
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“I think Indresh Kumar’s statement has a point. Religious sentiments should not be hurt. You can’t kill someone who is given the status of a mother by a community,” he added.
The RSS leader has drawn flak from various quarters including the Congress for his lynching remark.
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On Monday, while addressing a conference in Delhi, the RSS leader said, “If cow-killing is stopped then mob lynchings will also automatically end. And the violence in any form practiced by any person belonging to any caste, sex, religion is a deplorable act. In India, there is no such belief which okays cow slaughtering for religious practices.”
His remark comes in the backdrop of Rajasthan’s Alwar lynching incident where a 28-year-old Akbar Khan was allegedly beaten to death by an agitated mob on suspicions of cow smuggling.
with inputs from PTI, ANI, etc