“I’m Hindu, I Will Eat Beef If I Want To”: Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: On Monday, May 24, Karnataka’s Opposition Leader, Siddaramaiah, revived the beef prohibition debate by claiming that he was a Hindu who had never eaten beef before, but that he would eat beef if he wanted to.

While attending a public event in Tumakuru district, the Congress leader, accusing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of building barriers between religions, said that beef eaters do not belong to just one community.

“I am a Hindu. I’ve not consumed beef till now, but if I want to, I will have it. Who are you to question me?” said Siddaramaiah at the event in Tumakuru.

“Beef eaters don’t belong to just one community, even Hindus consume beef, Christians consume it as well. Once, I have even said it in the Karnataka assembly. Who are you to tell me to not consume beef?” said Siddaramaiah.

The Beef Ban Law In Karnataka 

The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act, 2020 was passed by the BJP government in Karnataka in January 2021.

All varieties of cattle are prohibited from being bought, sold, transported, slaughtered, or traded under this rule. Cows, bulls, buffaloes, and oxen are all included.

Only buffaloes above the age of 13 and terminally ill livestock are exempt from this rule. They can, however, be butchered only after being certified by a veterinarian.

Those who break this rule face a sentence of up to seven years in prison and fines ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh.

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