BJP minister in the Meghalaya government, Sanbor Shullai, encouraged the people of the state to eat more beef than chicken, mutton, and fish, dispelling the apprehension that his party was against it.
Shullai, a senior BJP leader who was sworn in as a cabinet minister last week, said everybody was free to eat whatever they want in a democratic country.
What did the minister say?
“I encourage the people to eat more beef than chicken, mutton, or fish.
By encouraging people to eat more beef, the perception that BJP will impose a ban on cow slaughter will be dispelled,” he told reporters on Friday.
Shullai, who is the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister, also assured that he would speak to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to ensure that cattle transportation to Meghalaya was not affected by the new cow legislation in the neighboring state.
Dispute of border between Meghalaya and Assam
Shuai, who is the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister, also assured that he would speak to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to ensure that cattle transportation to Meghalaya was not affected by the new cow legislation in the neighboring state.
“If the people of Assam keep on harassing our people in the border area, the time has come not only to talk and drink tea… We have to react, we have to act on the spot itself,” Shullai said.
Clarification by Shullai after the above statement
We should have the spirit to protect our people, we have to utilize our force — the police should go to the front to talk with the Assam Police.”
Commending the Mizoram Police for “standing up to protect” its land and people, the BJP minister criticized the Meghalaya Police who are always “seen at the backfoot” when it comes to protecting border residents.
Despondency in Shullai’s statement
We have seen from time to time — the police are behind and the civilians are at the forefront. The higher-ups should give orders that police should be in the front to protect the people,” he said.
“If enemies come to your house, attack you and your wife and children, you also have to attack in self-defense. The same thing should be done at our borders if your enemy comes to your house to steal or rob your house, you have to protect yourself, whether it is legal or illegal, you have to protect,” Shullai asserted.
Pending border dispute
He said the issue of border dispute has been pending for a long and needs to be resolved at the earliest.
He also said that many political parties gave a commitment in their manifestos and promised to resolve the issue.
But it has been more than 50 years that not even a single party resolved it.