Wrong to kill anyone for eating beef, says Lalu


Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday said that it was wrong to kill anyone for eating beef, and seemingly created a fresh controversy by saying that some Hindus also eat beef.

Lalu said, “It was wrong to kill a man for eating beef in Dadri (Uttar Pradesh). Everyone is free to consume food items of his choice.”

He later tweeted saying,

“What happened in Dadri was a communal violence. The BJP is responsible for such violence,” the former Bihar chief minister remarked.

Lalu also asked whether Hindus are not eating meat. The RJD chief said that some of those living in foreign countries or visit abroad eat beef and even in India some Hindus eat beef.

“What is the difference between beef and mutton for those who consume meat,” Lalu asked. “People should not eat beef at all, it is the cause of many diseases and not good for health.”

Lalu’s remarks prompted senior BJP leader and Union Minister Griraj Singh to ask him to take back his words.

Singh threatened that the BJP would take this issue to the ongoing campaign for this month’s Bihar assembly elections, if Lalu failed to take back his words.

On the other hand, while addressing a rally in Bihar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, commenting on Lalu’s tweet said, “Lalu ji is bringing up issues like beef to distract people from his past record and what he did for 15 years.”