HARYANA: In a major embarrassment for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana, the State Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khatter joining the growing list of his party leaders and allies who have raised objections over cow slaughter gave a shocking statement where he said, “Muslims can continue to live in this country but they will have to quit eating beef.
‘Muslims rahein mahar is desh mei beef khaana chhodna hi hoga unko. Yahan ki manyata has gau. (Muslims can continue to live in this country but they will have to quit eating beef. The cow is an article of faith here),” the CM was quoted as saying in a media report.
“They can still be Muslims if they do not eat beef. It is nowhere written that Muslims have to eat beef or in Christianity that they have to eat beef,” said the senior BJP leader.
However, Haryana CM office soon after the controversy claimed that the State CM did not make any such statement. “Our CM did not say anything like this and the CM has been misquoted by the media that published this report. All he said was that, we should respect everyone.
Khattar made the controversial statement after he was asked to respond with his views on the Dadri lynching case where a 50-year-old Muslim was beaten to death by a mob in Bisada village of Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over the rumours that he ate beef.
Manohar Lal Khattar who took over as the Haryana Chief Minister last year is set to complete one year in office later this month. While he described the Dadri lynching incdinet as ‘wrong’, he added that ‘it was a result of a misunderstanding’. But what added to the controversy was when he added that the ‘both sides’ committed wrong things’ and whatever has happened should ‘not have happened from both sides’.