Vaman Acharya, Karnataka BJP spokesperson, has sparked a controversy when he said Brahmins too slaughtered cows for consumption before India became an agrarian country. but soon retracted over his comments after facing flak from his own BJP partymen.
“Before India became an agrarian country, there are examples where all communities including Brahmins have slaughtered cows for consumption,” he said
He was invited for a TV debate, on a Kannada News Channel, on the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, where he said beef consumption was common among all communities, including Brahmins, before India turned agrarian. He further said that many communities in the North East eat beef.
He was suggesting that cows were important for agrarian families in India and not Hindus in particular.
“As a scientific man, a cow is not ‘gomaata’ to me. I do not feel there is a deep link between Hindus and cows. But the agrarian families and cows are deeply linked,”
He himself permitted 6 slaugher houses.
Adding further, he said he himself permitted six slaughter houses as being a pollution control board chairman. He had “searched” lands for 16 scientific slaughter houses across the state.
Sparked the controversy within the party.
As expected, the remark caused uproar within party ranks in the state and then state party leaders like C T Ravi and Go Madhusudhan condemned Acharya’s remarks. They even seems distanced the party line with his remarks. Senior BJP MLA and spokesperson Suresh Kumar said in a Facebook post that the remarks were “completely against the party’s beliefs and ideology.”
Controversy led him to apologise.
As he came under attack from within the BJP and in the social media, Acharya told PTI,
“I have retracted from my statement, as I want to close the issue. I don’t want to hurt my party.”
“It was my personal stand that I tried to explain. But since people have pointed out that it was contrary to the party’s stand, I have retracted the statement,” he told The Hindu.
BJP itself facing rebuke within the party from North East, Karnataka, Goa after Modi Government notified new rules on banning the sale of cattle for slaughter at markets.
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