MPs Protest Over Kerala House ‘beef’ Row

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NEW DELHI: Several MPs from Kerala are protesting outside the state guest house in Delhi over the police entering the premises on a complaint that it serves beef. The parliamentarians carried placard which termed the police action as an attack on Kerala House.

A political row also broke out over the police action with Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy condemning the “raid” as “unfortunate”. He was also backed by his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal who said the police action was an “attack on the federal structure”, a charge rejected by BJP.

The BJP justified the police action, saying it was only making inquiries following a complaint and was well within its right under the law of the land. Accusing Chandy of “politicising” the issue, BJP said serving of beef in restaurants in Delhi was illegal.

The Kerala House dismissed allegations that beef curry was served at its premises, saying that only buffalo meat was offered. However, it has temporarily taken buffalo meat off the canteen menu. Kerala House is not a private hotel or an institution run for making profit. It is an official guest house of the state government. The police action was really unfortunate.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also waded into the row. “I strongly condemn what happened in Delhi at Kerala Bhawan. An unwise and unhealthy attempt to curb fundamental rights of people. Intolerance,” she said. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu rejected Kejriwal’s remark that the police action was an attack on federal structure, saying police was only making inquiries.

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