Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday said that those could not live without eating beef should not visit the state.
He said, “There are some countries we don’t visit because food and drinking habits there don’t suit us. Likewise, those people who can’t live without eating beef should not come to Haryana.”
His comments were widely condemned.
Vij said Khattar had yesterday clarified the issue and ruled out any plan to issue such licences and give relaxation to foreigners to consume beef in the state.
Commenting on Vij’s controversial remarks, the BJP’s spokesperson, Nalin Kohli, said, “There are different laws in terms of banning beef. On another side is ques of eating habits of individuals which is also an issue. However, whatever has to be done, has to be done within legal framework.”
Meanwhile, the Congress launched a renewed attack against the BJP government accusing Khattar of performing U-turn on beef.
The former chief minister and Khattar’s predecessor, BS Hooda, told ANI, “Haryana CM has taken a U-turn from his statement. BJP never practices what it preaches. Beef completly banned in state acc to cow protection act.If CM wishes to amend he’ll hv to come to Assembly.”