Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that he was a non-vegetarian but he preferred to eat only what was allowed by Indian constitution.
He said that food was a personal choice but one should avoid consuming what was restricted in the constitution.
“Aapko jo khana hain voh khao…par jo samvidhan main prohibited hain usko mat khaon (One can eat his food of choice, but avoid eating that food which is prohibited as per our Constitution),” he told reporters here.
The Information and Broadcasting minister, according to PTI, was responding to a query regarding a BJP nominee for the upcoming by-election in Malappuram in Kerala reportedly promising supply of good beef from clean slaughter houses in his constituency, if elected.
“Food is a personal choice, but at the same time there are certain restrictions in the Constitution. So, in certain areas, certain things have to be respected by one and all. “What is prohibited as per Constitution in states…follow that. What is there as per law… follow it. I am a ‘pakka’ (staunch) non-vegetarian and will continue to so, and there is no restriction. I am the direct example (sic),” the BJP leader said.
Venkaiah’s statement came at a time when the BJP-ruled states are pushing for stricter laws against cow slaughter, whereas in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government is cracking the whip on illegal abattoirs.
Naidu’s comments immediately earned him mocking on social media platforms.
On Twitter in particular, users asked him to highlight the part in the Indian constitution, which explained the dietary preferences of an individual.
Here are some of the reactions;
Our Constitution tells us what to eat ! https://t.co/eGJHGWOZTy
— Anubha Bhonsle (@anubhabhonsle) April 4, 2017
Dimag kharab ho gaya hai
— Krishnam ♱ Disagreement ≠ Hate (@iamkrishnam) April 4, 2017
Our Constitution now says what to eat? BJP is a "Democracy illiterate" Partyhttps://t.co/PVgKxWsp4d
— Anil Acharya (@aa3132) April 3, 2017
Wahhh! Even a most uneducated person does not speak such nonsense
— SIMA (@seemaadhikari) April 4, 2017
https://t.co/PZhfkjoHYO Such brains ruling India ?? now Constitution decides menu
— Sun (@monsun14) April 4, 2017
(With PTI inputs)