In the wake of the lynching case in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that his party would extend support if the government brings a legislation to ban cow slaughter in the country. Taking advantage of the incident, BJP plans to launch a campaign against beef eating and made it a pre-poll promise to ban cow slaughter in Bihar. But its rival party, Congress, reminded people that it was mostly Congress governments that had banned cow slaughter
way back in 1955 when the BJP was not even formed.
Singh said the BJP should know that cow slaughter is banned in 24 states, most of which was imposed by the Congress when it was in power.
He added that he would soon meet party president Sonia Gandhi and V-P Rahul Gandhi to discuss the issue. But he later tried to balancing the act saying that eating habits are individual choices as long as they follow the law of the land.
Accusing the BJP of raising the issue as an attempt to hide its economics failures, Singh said:
“The economy is not doing well, there is inflation and pulses are selling well over Rs. 100 a kilo. These are the issues that the government should be talking about.”
However, Pramod Tiwari
— a Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh and a member of the Rajya Sabha — said, “It isn’t for political parties to decide on what people should wear or eat but what the Constitution guarantees.” When asked about RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav saying Hindus too eat beef, Singh said, “Lalu Yadav is not supporting cow slaughter. How can any Yadav be against cows?