Hours after party vice-president Rahul Gandhi strongly condemned party’s youth unit workers slaughtering a cow in Kannur, Kerala, the Congress today suspended workers who organised the protest event.
“Such elements have no place in Congress. Youth Congress workers have been suspended,” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said.
Rahul Gandhi had strongly condemned his party workers slaughtering a cow in public to protest against Centre’s ban on purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter. The meat was then distributed to onlookers.
“What happened in Kerala yesterday is thoughtless, barbaric and completely unacceptable to me and the Congress Party. I strongly condemn the incident,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.
Kerala Police had booked some Youth Congress activists after the incident drew flak from various quarters.
KERALA GOVT LIKELY TO BRING LAW TO TACKLE BAN
The Kerala government had suggested it could bring in a law to counter the central ban on sale of cattle for slaughter, as the political slugfest over the issue intensified fuelled by a row over a Youth Congress activist butchering a cow in full public view.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had yesterday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protest the Centre’s decision, hit out at the BJP-led government at the Centre and the RSS, saying there was no need for the people of the state to draw lessons from New Delhi or Nagpur on their food habits.
BEEF PARTY AT IIT-MADRAS
Around 50 students of IIT-Madras organised a beef party inside the campus on Sunday night in protest against Modi government’s cattle slaughter ban.
The incident comes after a ‘Beef fest’ was organised across Kerala by the Congress and the Left on Sunday to protest the Centre’s ban.