Amid crackdown of slaughterhouses by the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) pick for Malappuram bypolls in Kerala, N Sreeprakash have affirmed that if he wins the elections, he will ensure enough supply of good beef in the Malappuram constituency.
BJP candidate N Sreeprakash said he would make good "halal" beef is available at clean slaughterhouses.
The Shiv Sena has yet again taken a swipe at the BJP, this time over its beef policy that bans slaughter of cows in some states while allowing it in others.
Launching a scathing attack on the BJP for its "hypocrisy" on the issue of beef ban, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Party president Asaduddin Owaisi today pointed out how the saffron party had different standards in different parts of the country on the same issue.
"My Muslim brothers eat only halal meat, don't they?" In Uttar Pradesh, cow is considered mummy (mother), while in northeast it's yummy.
"Why should we have a problem when the law permits it (in Kerala)?" he told The Telegraph.
Just 170km away from Malappuram, however, a BJP politician is campaigning for the April 9 Nanjangud and Gundlupet Assembly by-elections in Karnataka by living in a cowshed with several cows at Nanjangud. Article 48 of the Constitution says cow slaughter will be prohibited.
At the programme, Sreeprakash alleged the CPM was in collusion with the UDF in the bypoll and together, they had formed a unit to fight the BJP.
Various cow protection organisations from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have also started demanding for the closure of various meat shops in the respective states.
In BJP-ruled Gujarat, four Dalits who skinned dead cows for a living were publicly flogged in Una last July.