Commenting on the beef debate, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on July 18, stirred a controversy by claiming that in order to avoid beef shortage in the ‘holiday’ state; his government had kept the option open of importing beef from the neighbouring state Karnataka.

Addressing the State assembly, Parrikar said, “We have not closed the option to start getting meat from Belgaum (in Karnataka) to ensure that there is no shortage.”

Responding to a question by a ruling BJP lawmaker, Nilesh Cabral over beef shortage, Parrikar said, “I can assure you that inspection of beef from the neighbouring state will be done by a proper and authorised medical doctor, and not others.”

Criticising the Former Defence Minister’s remarks over beef, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on July 19 lashed out on Parrikar asserting that the minister is spoiling the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) name. The VHP went a step ahead and further demanded Parrikar’s resignation.

Following this, Parrikar was seen at the receiving end of the lashes by the right-wing as VHP Leader Surendra Jain took to his Twitter handle and slammed Goa CM by stating that cow slaughtering was ‘illegal’ in Goa and Karnataka adding that Manohar Parrikar was not only breaking laws in his own state but also motivating Karnataka to break the law.

However, Parrikar made it very clear that the beef will be imported only after a thorough check by authorised doctors.