Kerala floods occurred due to cow-slaughtering in open: BJP MLA
(Sourced from PTI)
Known for making controversial remarks, BJP MLA from Karnataka's Vijayapura, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, kicked-up a fresh row by saying the Kerala floods occurred because of slaughtering of cows in the open. "In Kerala, people openly slaughter cows. What happened? Within a year, a situation like this (flood) arose. Whoever hurts the Hindu religious beliefs will face such consequences," he said in Vijayapura yesterday.
Yatnal was apparently referring to an incident in Kerala last year, where a group of men slaughtered a cow in the open, triggering a controversy. The BJP MLA, at a function, said Hindus had sentiments attached to cows and that nobody should hurt others' religious beliefs. He also added that if the BJP came to power in Karnataka, cow slaughter will be stopped.
Yatnal had last month said if he was the Home Minister, he would have the intellectuals shot dead as they worked for the human rights of terrorists and not the soldiers who laid down their lives to protect the country.