A day after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was quoted as saying that he was open to relax the beef ban for foreigners in the state, his OSD on Sunday said Khattar had said any such move can be possible only if there’s a provision in the cow protection Act, passed by the Assembly last year.
“There is a ban on liquor in Gujarat, but there is a special permission under which foreigners can consume alcohol. Likewise, the CM was asked whether there would be any special permission under which foreigners could eat beef in the state, to which he replied that people of Haryana do not eat beef and are against cow slaughter. But, he said, if there was any provision in the Act, it was possible; otherwise it wasn’t,” Jawahar Yadav, OSD to the CM, told ANI. He added that as per his knowledge, there was no such provision in the Act.
Despite repeated attempts, Khattar was not available for a comment.
“At least I am not aware of any such move (to relax the ban). Any relaxation, if proposed, has to be given under special provisions and in accordance with the law,” Industries Minister Capt Abhimanyu told The Indian Express.
Randeep Surjewala, a former minister and incumbent Congress MLA from Kaithal, said: “We follow the same legislation as Punjab, and this (cow slaughter) was banned in Punjab in the 1950s. The Haryana Assembly only enacted a separate law. In case the CM intends to (grant any relaxation), he will have to go to the Assembly and seek amendments.”