BJP has always maintained double standards when it comes to beef-consuming states like Kerala and Christian-majority northeastern states such as Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.
Kerala: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has plays its cow protection agenda in several parts of the country left embarrassed after its unit in Thrissur district of Kerala, in association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has started a cooperative society to sell beef among other varieties of meat, reported National Herald quoting Malayalam daily Deshabhimani.
The daily magazine reports that the society has been framed under the stewardship of BJP district president A Nagesh and secretary TS Ullas Babu.
“The Cattle Meat Manufacturing Cooperative Society has A Nagesh as the chief promoter, besides several other prominent local BJP and RSS leaders as members of the executive body which shall monitor its daily functioning,” the report stated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had whipped up cow-slaughter hysteria by denouncing what he called “pink revolution” in his speeches during 2014 parliamentary elections campaign.
While India continues to be one of the biggest exporters of beef, despite BJP coming into power, vigilantism in the name of cow protection has triggered a cycle of mob lynchings of Dalits and Muslims in several BJP-ruled states.
However, BJP has always maintained double standards when it comes to states where beef is widely consumed, especially in the Christian-majority northeastern states.
States like West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and to some extent Karnataka, have already registered their protest against ban on cattle slaughtering. Opening of cooperative societies for selling beef in Kerala is seen as a crafty move to gain political ground in beef-consuming states.
Meanwhile, the society, the Deshabhimani report said, has already set up an office near Thiruvampady temple in the city centre to procure, process and sell meat, that includes beef, and fish.
As per the bylaws stipulated by the cooperative society, it will rear cattle for meat, regulate its sale according to wholesale and retail schemes and establish a supermarket to sell different types of meat products, the report read, adding that the society was also planning to start a cold storage facility to store meat.
“The society was also aiming to start a chain of restaurants in the district, besides setting up a mobile store for selling meat and poultry products,” the report further stated, adding, “the society aims at doubling their sales during festival season.”
Source : National Herald