Beef ban: Will Centre now decide what we eat, asks Yechury

by Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

New Delhi, May 31: Condemning the attack on an IIT-Madras PhD scholar by some students protesting against a “beef fest” held on the campus, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury questioned the Centre asking if the government would decide what people should eat?

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“It is not mandatory to follow every notification which comes from the Centre as this matter is a state issue. So after this amendment, does the government decide as to what we should eat and what we should not? We want this government to look into other serious matters concerning the country not this,” Yechury told news agency ANI.

Earlier today, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requested his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K. Palaniswami to take necessary action in the attack on the scholar.

Taking to social media, Vijayan, in his Facebook post said, “It was unfortunate that Suraj, a Malayalee PHD student was assaulted in the IIT campus Chennai for participating in beef fest. Our constitution grants rights to have food of our own choice. Any act of intolerance is the violation of our constitutional rights.”

The scholar was thrashed by a group of students on Tuesday, reportedly because he had led Sunday’s “beef fest” at the IIT-Madras campus against the Centre’s cattle trade rules last week.

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