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Congress will also support cow slaughter ban: Khader

Published On : 10 Apr 2018   |  Reported By : Courtesy: The Hindu   |  Pic On: Photo credit : The Hindu

Mangaluru, (The Hindu): Food and Civil Supplies Minister U.T. Khader, who was under attack by the Sangh Parivar outfits for his alleged silence over repeated cow thefts in his constituency, on Monday said that the organisations were attempting to gain political mileage out of the issue.

If the BJP was really concerned about cows, let the NDA government at the Centre ban cow slaughter across the country and stop beef export, he told reporters here. “We will also support such a move,” he added.

Mr. Khader demanded that a special team be set up to investigate the cow theft at Amrutadhara Go Shala at Kairangala in his constituency. The Congress too would support such a move. There was no need to do politics in the guise of a protest, the Minister said.

Go Shala president T.G. Rajaram Bhat, who was on fast demanding action against the cow thieves ever since the theft took place in the first week of April, is now admitted to a hospital.

The protest has been receiving support from various Sangh Parivar outfits even as Ramachandrapura Mutt seer Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji too extended his support to the issue.

Responding to RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat’s reported statement that temples visited by Mr. Khader should be purified as the latter ate beef, the Minister said that such statements do not augur well.

He was brought up in an environment where following one’s own religion was taught along with giving respect to other religions, Mr. Khader noted.

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