All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has mocked the BJP for its apparently contradictory stance on cow slaughter in the Northeast.
"BJP’s hypocrisy is that in Uttar Pradesh cow is mummy but in the Northeast it’s yummy,” Owaisi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The comment comes in the backdrop of the BJP asserting that no cow slaughter ban would be enforced in the three northeastern states that go to the polls this year and where bovine meat is a staple.
Speaking about the crackdown on Saturday, he highlighted the ‘hypocrisy’ in BJP’s attitude.
"One should note that India gains Rs 26,000 crore from buffalo meat exports, out of this Uttar Pradesh gains 11,000 crore. The Government of India promotes buffalo meat exports. These kinds of contradictions are there," Owaisi told ANI.
"And one last thing, In Uttar Pradesh, cow is considered mummy (mother), while in northeast it's yummy. If this is not the BJP's hypocrisy then what is it? The BJP spreads Hindutva wherever it suits them. Elections are going to take place in three of the northeastern states, they are allowing beef because of this reason," he added.
This week, Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu told the Hindustan Times, "Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won't take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that."
Reacting to this and the Yogi Adityanath government's drive to strictly enforce Uttar Pradesh's ban on cow slaughter, Owaisi said the BJP's hypocrisy is that in Uttar Pradesh cow is revered as a mother but in the Northeast it is the animal's meat is part of the normal diet.
Following Adityanath's order on closing down on illegal slaughterhouses, several states, including as many as five of the BJP-ruled states have followed in for the closure of illegal abattoirs across the country.
Critics say that the ban on cow meat is a proxy war against many Muslims and Dalits, who form the overwhelming majority of the butcher community and consume beef.