Amid growing outrage over the lynching of a Dadri man following rumours that he and his family were storing and eating beef, Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari disapproved any move to ban any particular food item, saying the government should not interfere with people’s eating habits.
“I personally believe that the government should not have any role in deciding what the people should eat,” Gadkari told ABP news channel, referring to the meat ban in Mumbai during Jain festival. The minister, however, added that the state government had nothing to do with the ban.
Gadkari, who belongs to Maharashtra, also expressed his displeasure on the state BJP government’s decision making Marathi mandatory for those seeking permits to ride an auto rickshaw in Mumbai. “Such decisions should not be there. Poverty is not Marathi, Bihari or UP. If the decision was to reserve 80 per cent for the state’s people, it was understandable. But such steps on the basis of language is not proper,” he said.
Gadkari, who was forced to give up his claim on a second term as BJP president in 2013, said there was a conspiracy to remove him from the party’s top post. According to a press release from the news channel, Gadkari said he will not let those who were behind it to go unchallenged.
“If I get them, I will not leave them. I do not fight with anyone, but if I have to challenge someone, I will not make it easy for him,” he said. He also categorically said his own partymen were not part of the conspiracy.