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BJP holds hartal in Kerala village demanding shutdown of beef stalls, CPM counters by organising ‘beef fest’

Interestingly, this was for the first time that BJP came up with an anti-beef policy in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2017 10:59 pm
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In a first, the Kerala BJP has flatly expressed its reservation over the beef issue for the first time in the state by observing a hartal, demanding shutdown of beef stalls in a village in Kollam district. Countering the saffron-party’s protest, the CPM and its youth wing DYFI organised a ‘Beef fest’ by distributing beef dishes free in public and raising slogans of secularism.

The hartal observed in Nedumpana panchayat was the latest in a series of issues raised by the local BJP unit against the functioning of beef stalls in the panchayat market there. Interestingly, this was for the first time that BJP came up with an anti-beef policy in the state. Earlier, many state BJP leaders had openly admitted that they don’t endorse the Sangh parivar policy of beef ban in the coastal state.

In fact, tension between the rival parties threatened to reach a boiling point when BJP supporters and CPM workers gathered on either side at the Nallila junction. However, the deployment of police ensured that no untoward incident took place.

The CPI(M) workers alleged that BJP’s called hartal to trigger communal unrest. “The BJP is trying to implement the Sangh parivar agenda because they have chosen this area which is thickly populated by people of minority communities. They are currently on a test case to spark communal violence with an intention to spread it to other areas also. There have never been such communal issues in the area. The BJP has held the hartal in Nallila alone, and not the entire Nedumpana panchayat, focusing on the minorities there,” Thomas Koshy, Nallila ward member was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.

According to Manorama Online, BJP demanded the denial of permission for beef sales and accused local authorities of turning a blind eye towards ‘unauthorised’ abattoirs. According to the party, unlicensed vendors were selling meat in panchayat stalls.

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    MPV
    May 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm
    Rather than conducting “Beef Festivals”, Marxists of Kerala should divert their thought process and energies in retrieving the vast(5 Lakh Hectares) of Government Forest lands FRAUDULENTLY OCCUPIED by illegally erecting HUGE CHRISTIAN CROSSES in pristine Western Ghats all across Kerala. Western Ghats Forest Land encroachment and fel of natural vegetation and planting of “CASH CROPS” by GREEDY and SELFISH Christian Encroachers has resulted in incremental Climatic changes all across KERALA over a period(50 years) of time and has reached the WORST situation this SUMMER. ENTIRE KERALITES, irrespective of Hindus, Muslims and Christians (about 3.5 Crores) have to SUFFER HARSH, DRY SUMMER MONTHS because of the IRREPAIRABLE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE caused by GREEDY and SELFISH Christian Encroachers with the tactical Support of some Kerala Christian Congress Politicians, few Christian Church Fathers and a few corrupt Marxist Politicians.
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    1. Jobin Shaji
      May 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm
      @MPV its putrid s like you thats taking this country down. Do you even know what the terms sovereign and secular mean?
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    2. Dipayan Bird Of Hermes Dey
      May 14, 2017 at 9:59 am
      Anti-Hindu degeneracy in the name of Secularism. Typical CPM is typical.
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      1. Anil Bharali
        May 14, 2017 at 6:17 am
        Lack of wisdom in CPM leadership is apparent again on public domain.Now CPM is going to prove they are also following MI6 agenda at a later date when BJP is moving to occupy secular vacant political space created due to shrinkage of secular political forces in the country. MI 6 has been working behind all kinds of political forces rightist, centrist and leftist at different times according to demand due to prevai cir stances.
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          Wehtam
          May 14, 2017 at 5:57 am
          Dear Abdul Jamal, you are a knickerwipe masquerading as a muslim; it's pretty obvious.... It's also amply clear that you are a malcontent (read gaurakshak) with complete disregard for the laws of free speech. My honest request to you, stop deriding Christians (or for that matter any community) before it gets ugly for you and your masters. You are warned.
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            Abdul Jamal
            May 14, 2017 at 8:31 am
            Dear Wehtam firs of all give me your full name and second for demanding that I give up my freedom of speech and not put facts here you have also given me warning which cons utes a criminal offense from you. I have put facts here. If you want to challenge me feel free regarding my facts. Else Christian people like you have been molesting kids worldwide, created m0nsters like Hitler, Mussolini and his friend pope and giving out warning signs not to publish facts about the m0nsterous church where you rape children. All of my comments etc are based on facts. And don't you think it is irony that in the name of Jesus you are warning me and the same Jesus was nailed on cross for speaking facts and using freedom of speech? So was Jesus also deriding Romans as per your logic?
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              arc
              May 14, 2017 at 10:27 am
              How was the gaumata meat curry made by Moron Bhagwat at your R-ASSES office?
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            Abdul Jamal
            May 14, 2017 at 5:43 am
            I as a Muslim don't eat beef as a respect for Hindu majority in India. Let's be honest. Muslims did ask for a separate country for Muslims and we got Islamic Ppaakistan ans Islamic Bbaangladesh. Yet Hindu majority by choice became secular. 4 percent of Muslims who remained in India in 1947 have thrived under Hindu majority and have grown many times. On the other hand Christians and Hindus have been reduced to minuscule numbers in Ppaakistan and Bbaangladesh. So we are thankful to Hindu majority and should respect their sentiments. Just not eating beef and pork does not make me a less Muslim or a more. Eating beef or pork does not make you advanced and or backward. That's the wrong logic your brain is doing since may be you are a Christian who has been molested in Christian churches by white masters and the scars of rape in church are evident in your thinking. Let's be respectful to Hindus just like they have been to minorities. No one believes the commies. Not even China.
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