Taking a dig at the BJP over its “double standard” on the ban of cow slaughter, Karnataka minister Ramalinga Reddy on Saturday alleged that the country’s beef export was flourishing under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime.
Recalling the statements of BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during their visits to Karnataka that they would ban cow slaughter in the state after coming to power, Reddy said killing of any animal was not right.
“They (BJP) say that they will ban cow slaughter if they come to power in Karnataka, while our country exports cow meat, beef to other countries…it has been four years since they came to power, why have they not stopped these exports,” he asked.
Speaking to reporters here, the state home minister noted, “If they have real love for cows, they will have to first stop the exports.”
Reddy also alleged that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime, the country has attained second position in the global beef exports, from the third place it enjoyed earlier.
Brazil currently holds the first position, while Australia is third.
The Congress minister said the income earned by the country during 2015-16 from beef exports stood at Rs 26,682 crore.
“Does this mean for Rs 26,000 crore, they (BJP) are exporting beef and not banning it? If their sentiment about cow is true, let them stop it,” he said.