Beef Festival in Kerala against BJP’s Central Government Decision on Cow Slaughter
Beef festivals were organised in Kerala on Saturday to protest against Friday’s decision of the BJP-led Central government to bring in new cow slaughter rules.
The events were organised by various political organisations across the state which is known for its progressive political leadership.
The new rules cleared by the Union government under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act imposed a total ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets.
In the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, the Democratic Youth Federation of India – the youth wing of CPM, prepared their own dish from beef right in front of the Kerala Secretariat. Another group under the banner of Student Federation of India organised a beef festival outside the Kerala University.
And in Kollam, Congress workers organised another beef festival. TV reports said that the district Congress president Bindu Krishna wanted to send cooked beef to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Kerala Students Union also said it distributed cooked beef curry in front of Ernakulam BJP office. Similar protests were held in other districts.
Kerala Minister for Co-operation, Tourism and Devaswoms Mr. Kadakampally Surendran also took part in the SFI’s beef festival in the Town Hall.
Students in the Cochin University and the Kalady Sanskrit University also organised beef festival and they distributed them to the students.
In another protest reported by Malayam TV channels, in Malappuram, raw beef was distributed by Youth Congress workers to the public.
A large number of the public took part in the festivals, reports said.
At the official level, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday that he had sent a protest letter to the Central government. Vijayan said that the Union government “cannot decide” on what people should be eating.
Silence in the Northeast?
At the time of filing this report, there has been no statements from other states, including Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Assam, Sikkim and Tripura where beef is one of the main diets of the people.