Kolkata: Targeting the central government over the beef row raging in the country, West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Friday said that no one can impose restriction on anybody’s food habit.
He said, “The ongoing row over beef eating is unfortunate. India is a secular country and no one can issue any type of decree on other food habit and lifestyle.”
Firhad addressing the media during the food festival organized by the state government dodged cleverly when asked about the absence of a beef stall in the festival. He said, “There is no restriction on selling of beef or consumption if anybody wanted to put a stall, he is free to do so.”
On the other hand, a beef party has been organized by a section of political leadership including former and CPM leader Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and poet Subodh Sarkar, to protest the ongoing row over beef consumption.
Huge wave of protest against the growing intolerance gripped the country after the Dadri lynching and a rise of RSS activity against beef consumption. Several prominent laureate have so far returned their awards to protest the intolerance.