Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi had condemned the incident calling it “barbaric”.
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday suspended three Youth Congress workers who were held responsible for the public slaughter of a calf in Kannur, reported ANI. “Such elements have no place in Congress,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
The party had initially said it was unclear whether the three were members or not.KPCC chief MM Hassan said the three workers – Rijil Makkutty, president of IYC Kannur, Josey Kandathil and Sharafuddin – were suspended for organising the protest which was against “the culture” of the party.
At The Indian Institute of Technology or IIT Madras, around 80 students participated in a beef fest and accused the ruling BJP of “imposing its communal agenda on the masses.”
On Saturday, beef eating festivals were organised across Kerala as part of its protest against the new rules notified by the Environment Ministry. The rules said anyone purchasing cattle has to provide an undertaking that the animals are bought for agricultural purposes and slaughter.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday questioned the Opposition’s silence on Kerala’s beef fests held in protest agaisnt beef ban. Kerala celebrated beef fests where beef was cooked and served to protest against the BJP-led central government’s new rules.
State president of BJP Kummanam Rajasekharan said, “it is cruelty at its peak” and asked if the party would do something to animals worshipped by non-Hindu religions.
“What we eat cannot be decided by Delhi or Nagpur,” Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asserted, referring to the BJP, which leads the Centre, and the party’s ideological mentor the RSS.
Mamata Banerjee spoke in rare consonance with the Left today when she described as “an attempt to encroach into state power,” the central government’s move, stating, “We won’t accept the Centre’s decision, it is unconstitutional; we will challenge it legally.”
Indian states have the power to pass their own laws on cattle slaughter and beef consumption. But the Centre’s recent notification makes changes in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which is applied across India.