Hyderabad/New Delhi: Amid fresh debate over beef ban after Adityanath government's crackdown on slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi Saturday accused the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) of double standard and hypocrisy.
"In Uttar Pradesh, cow is mummy, and in the Northeastern States it's yummy. This shows BJP's hypocrisy. While they are talking about beef ban in UP, they have said there would be no such thing in the Northeast, Owaisi who represents Hyderabad in Parliament said.
"Assembly elections are going to be held in three states in the northeast. Beef is easily available in (BJP-ruled) Goa. You tell me what is this," he told a TV news channel.
Owaisi was responding to Nagaland BJP Chief Visasolie Lhoungu's reported statement where he said Uttar Pradesh like ban on cow slaughter is not his party's agenda in Northeast.
"Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won't take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that", he said.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi supported Owaisi's hypocrisy remark against BJP, saying it has been used by the saffron party as a "tool to further its politics".
"We have heard what Raman Singh has said....What's happening in UP. The hypocrisy behind cow protection is obvious. Saying that there will be no beef ban in northeastern states is political opportunism," she said.
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) was accused of double standard earlier when it banned beef in Maharashtra but did exactly opposit in Goa.
Interestingly, the BJP government in New Delhi promotes meat export and gives subsidy to establish "modern slaughterhouses".