Guwahati: BJP leader and Meghalaya Cabinet minister Sanbor Shullai on Friday said that people in the state should be encouraged to eat more beef than any other meat, 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.
“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.
Meanwhile, Shullai, who had just taken charge of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, assured that he would also take up the issue with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to ensure cattle transportation to Meghalaya not affected by the law passed in the neighbouring state.
On the vexed boundary dispute between Meghalaya and Assam, the three-term legislator said it was high time the state utilise its police force to protect the border and its people.
“If the people of Assam keep on harassing our people in the border area, time has come not only to talk and drink tea… We have to react, we have to act on the spot itself,” he said.
He, however, clarified that he was not pro-violence.