NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday took a dig at his colleague, Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi who had said that those who eat beef should go to Pakistan and said the comments are not palatable.

During a visit to Mizoram capital Aizawl, Rijiju told reporters, “I am from Arunachal Pradesh. I eat beef, can somebody stop me?”

“This is the democratic country and sometimes, some comments are made which are unpalatable,” Rijiju added.

“If Maharashtra is a Hindu majority and if they are to make laws which are conductive to the Hindu faith, let them be. But in the north eastern states, majority of people eat beef,” he said, adding they should not have any problem with the way we live and we should also not have any problem with the way they live.

He went onto saying that our country is multi-religious. We must respect each other’s cultures, religious, traditions and sentiments. So, it is not good, if anybody makes a statement forcing or imposing your faith, practices on another community, Rijiju added.

Last week, Naqvi had defended the beef ban, saying “Those who are dying without eating beef should go to Pakistan or Arab country. It is not about loss or profit, it is a sensitive issue for Hindus.”

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