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State must clarify stand on beef: Naik

Parrikar caught in a bind due to BJP’s ‘two-faced’ policy at Centre, State

The Congress on Monday criticised the State government, saying that it is caught in a bind over the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) duplicity on the beef issue at the Centre and in the States.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Shantaram Naik, while speaking at a press conference at the Congress headquarters, said the BJP should clarify its position. “Everyone knows our position. But the BJP has a two-faced policy: one at the national level, and another at the regional level. Therefore, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is caught in a bind,” Mr. Naik said, when asked for comments on the beef shortage in Goa.

The former Rajya Sabha MP said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was influencing the State government over the beef shortage in Goa. “The government’s inaction on a hate speech by a Hindutva leader on the issue of beef consumption some months ago was testimony to the BJP-led coalition government’s dislike of beef-eaters,” said Mr. Naik.

Beef traders in the State are on strike since Saturday, saying that they are being harassed by vigilante groups and government officials.

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