New Minister said two days after his swearing-in that “Keralites can eat beef”

Thiruvananthapuram: a Newly-inducted minister from Kerala in the Narendra Modi cabinet, Alphons Kannanthanam, has touched a politically sensitive nerve only two days after his swearing-in, by stating that Keralites can continue to eat beef.

Speaking to media persons in Delhi, the former Indian Administrative Service officer and former MLA who represented the Kanjirapally constituency in Kottayam district, said he saw no problem for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Keralites continuing to consume beef.

“No one has asked Keralites not to eat beef”, Kannanthanam said, pointing out that beef-eating was not banned in Goa, a state where BJP leader Manohar Parikkar was the chief minister.

Kannanthanam’s stand comes at a time when cattle slaughter is banned in more than 20 of India’s 29 states. Kerala was one of the few states which vociferously protested against the federal government’s move to implement a nationwide ban on cattle slaughter.

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