Centre will not impose restrictions on choice of food: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh's response came at a press conference where he was asked about the protests being carried out by locals against the Centre's new rule on cattle sale for slaughter in animal markets.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 13, 2017 10:58 am
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. PTI File Photo

While hundreds of people gathered in Aizawl city in Mizoram to protest against Central government’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will not interfere in anyone’s choice of food. Singh, who was on a visit to Aizawl, along with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, said the Centre will not impose any restrictions on people’s choice of food.

Singh’s response came at a press conference where he was asked about the protests by locals against the government’s new rule on cattle sale. Protests in Aizawl, organised by a local group, saw a huge crowd participating in the “beef ban bashing banquet”. The organisers wrote on social media that they are protesting against Centre’s attempt to “restrict” their rights to eat what they want. Beef is staple diet in Northeastern states, and several such protests have been carried out in the region in last few weeks since the order was announced by the government.

Similar assurances were earlier given by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu after Centre’s order on cattle animals received massive criticism from several states. The major point of contention from state leaders was that the government is trying to interfere in people’s choice of food, which is one’s basic fundamental right.

Singh, on Monday, chaired the first meeting of the chief ministers from the four northeastern states bordering Myanmar. After the meeting, Singh said Ministry of Home Affairs will extend security-related expenditure to the state of Mizoram, which lies between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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    Diplomat
    Jun 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    Statement is that Central Govt will not restrict food. Statement is not made on behalf of the states. It means states - at least those ruled by BJP - may still do it. HM did not say that he would request states against any such restrictions. It is also clear now that direct ban may not be needed. Sufficient barriers can be created (like trasnport, licenses, etc) which will still choke food habits selectively.
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      Sriram Kalpathi
      Jun 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm
      People eat what they like in their home. Restrictions on food is impossible to impose on anyone. Restrictions on food will be tasteless.
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        Prasanta Mishra
        Jun 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm
        No non veg only dhokla,peacok hawa khake janam deta,bhakton bhi denge.
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          desi pundit
          Jun 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm
          Good. And what about the monument these monkeys were to construct in the name of a moronic king whose wife ran away with a man with ten heads mistaking he had ten of everything else.
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            Videsi Brown
            Jun 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm
            Are you talking about Birgin Mary who was raped by Greek soldiers? Or your terrorist son of god Jesus who was hanged and nailed live asnper thencustoms of Middle East to stone and nail for being terroist? And off course your pope is gaay and loves children and brown slaves like you. Amen.
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              BKA
              Jun 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm
              Are you mentally ed? Eat some beef , it will help. He is talking about moronic king whose wife ran away with a man with 10 heads. He didn't have 10 of everything everywhere but one he had there was very powerful and she gave birth to 2 kids and they challenged this so called super mighty king and his impotent brother and almost defeated them.
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                desi pundit
                Jun 13, 2017 at 6:57 pm
                Seems like you did not learn english well even in Videsh. Or you just have comprehension prgooblem? And what happened to your cultured values of respecting the elders?
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              desi pundit
              Jun 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm
              Bloody 'bandars' of India are learning it the hard way that they should not impose their stupid eating habits on others. Now only if they realise cows are not so sacred actually.
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                Videsi Brown
                Jun 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm
                Are you talking about Virgin Mary who was raped by Greek soldiers? Or your terrorist son of god Jesus who was hanged and nailed live asnper thencustoms of Middle East to stone and nail for being terroist? And off course your pope is gaay and loves children and brown slaves like you. Amen.
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                  BKA
                  Jun 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm
                  Are you mentally ed? Eat some beef , it will help. He is talking about moronic king whose wife ran away with a man with 10 heads. He didn't have 10 of everything everywhere but one he had there was very powerful and she gave birth to 2 kids and they challenged this so called super mighty king and his impotent brother and almost defeated them.
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                Birendra
                Jun 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm
                he should be forced to eat beef most stupid HM of india, ia
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                  Videsi Brown
                  Jun 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm
                  Are you talking about Virgin Mary who was raped by Greek soldiers? Or your terrorist son of god Jesus who was hanged and nailed live asnper thencustoms of Middle East to stone and nail for being terroist? And off course your pope is gaay and loves children and brown slaves like you. Amen.
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                  Indian
                  Jun 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm
                  joke of the century
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                    sunny
                    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                    I think there is no stability in BJP thinking. Yesterday one Minister visited Kerala and declare cow as God and BJP wont change what notification they issued, now HM states they will not interfere food habit. Our PM is not bothered what you eat or what not to eat he is busy in shutt country to country
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