No Beef Ban in Kerala, Says Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam

Michele Moreno
September 6, 2017

No stranger to Delhi where he was famous as the "Demolition Man", bureaucrat-turned-politician Alphons Kannanthanam, 64, has beaten all seasoned Kerala BJP leaders to become the first party leader from the southern state to become a Union Minister.

The Tourism Minister said if a BJP-ruled state like Goa was eating beef, there should be no problem in Kerala.

"Although I am happy that a friend has become a minister, this can not help BJP save its face", Chennithala said.

On the face of it, the comments by Alphons would appear as being far from reality.

Pradhan as the Oil MInister is also credited with successfully implementing government's policy in the crucial sector including the iniative to forego subsidised cooking gas voluntarily.The focus of the reshuffle has been who will be given the the defence and railways portfolios.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking everybody along".

But then, can the emphatic assertion by Alphons have a greater meaning? "As Goa chief minister, Manohar Parrikar has said that beef will be consumed in the state".

So, if Alphons' statement is to be viewed in light of all these comments by other BJP leaders, what does it suggest? In a massive change, he moved to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and was made a member of its national executive council soon after joining.

One reason why Modi and BJP president Amit Shah may have opted for Alphons is to warn the warring BJP leadership in the state that they needed to get their act together to take on the entrenched Left and the Congress. The ministerial berth is a gift for his political stands. We don't dictate food habits in any place. The explanation given by the state BJP leadership is that all the staff members have gone to their homes on the eve of Onam. Several parts of India - especially Kerala, the north-eastern states, parts of Karnataka (though the BJP is now a major player there), Jammu and Kashmir (where again the BJP is in a shaky coalition albeit with electoral presence only in the Hindu-dominated Jammu) - are known to be major beef consumers.

Kerala is among eight states where there are no restrictions on cow slaughter.

Other reports by Insurance News

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