Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, has sparked controversy by saying that his goverment might rule out a special license to allow foreigners to consume beef in the state.
The Haryana government passed a cow protection bill last year which proposes jail for up to 10 years for cow slaughterers and 5 to 7 years for consumption or selling it in the state.
However, Khattar now says that foreigners may be allowed to consume beef if they get a special license. Haryana CM has faced sharp attack from the critics and opposition who say this is a clear case of hypocrisy.
Jawahar Yadav, OSD to Haryana CM says “CM is firm on his stand; the act was passed under his guidance. There is 10-year jail term for cow slaughter and 5 years for selling or eating it. But we need to study the Act if there is any provision in it for exemption. CM gave the example of Gujarat which is a dry state but has made provisions for liquor to be sold to foreigners with license. We need to study if the Act has any such provisions. Decisions will be made only after thoroughly studying the act.”