Bengaluru: In a daring outburst, chief minister S Siddaramaih on Thursday took on the beef ban lobby saying that he had never eaten cow meat, but having observed the politics being played by the BJP and associates in the name of cow protection had made him feel like eating it.
Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a youth Congress meet, he said that eating beef or any other food was one’s individual choice. Hence anytime he felt like eating cow meat, he would do so.
Stressing that he had never done that before, he added that now that the BJP, the RSS and other organizations showed double standards and created confusion, he would do it anytime. He asserted that everyone had the freedom to choose his food pattern.
A party leader, choosing to remain anonymous, said that R Kumar, a leader of the Kerala unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishat had already stated that it had no objection to eating of beef. They were aware that it would be difficult to face the electorate if they spoke against beef consumption.
He also said that the Sangh Parivar leaders took different stands in different states. Its leaders in Goa and Kerala have not dared to speak against the eating of cow meat. Beef was the staple meat in those states. This exposed the duplicity of these parties and organizations, he further said.