Youth Congress calf slaughter row in Kannur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi reacted today, seemingly to a horrific event that happened yesterday. After a row erupted when Youth Congress activists allegedly slaughtered a calf in the middle of a street, Gandhi condemned the incident that took place in Kannur. Gandhi took to Twitter tonight and posted this tweet, even though he did not specifically mention what exactly he was referring to: “What happened in Kerala yesterday is thoughtless, barbaric & completely unacceptable to me & the Congress Party. I strongly condemn the incident.” This has come in the wake of Youth Congress members, looking defy Centre’s order on ban on sale of cattle for slaughter, protesting the move by butchering the animal in plain public view even as a big crowd had gathered to see what the commotion was about.
What happened in Kerala yesterday is thoughtless,barbaric& completely unacceptable to me &the Congress Party.I strongly condemn the incident
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) May 28, 2017
The tweet by Gandhi doesn’t clearly mention what exactly he is condemning and this made Twitter users themselves wonder whether it is indeed about that case – check the tweets embedded below.
This principled stand is what sets us apart from BJP. Never support the wrong, glad we have a leader who walks the talk. http://t.co/KbXPZ7sjMN
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) May 28, 2017
.@OfficeOfRG said sorry but not taking actions on those present , not disowning beef festivals at party offices in Kerala. Show courage http://t.co/NWzwsypEGS
— Prof Rakesh Sinha (@RakeshSinha01) May 28, 2017
The video of the horrific incident was posted by Kerala Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Kummanam Rajasekharan on Twitter. He called it “cruelty at its peak” and said no normal person can behave in this manner, according to PTI. The calf was killed during the ‘Beef Fest’ that was organised by the Left and Congress in Kerala, PTI revealed.
Watch the video here:
Cruelty at its peak.Cattle slaughtering by Kerala Youth Congress leader in broad daylight,in front of public gathering. pic.twitter.com/4gBWUVDa1l
— KummanamRajasekharan (@Kummanam) May 27, 2017
Congress had looked to distance itself from the act of the Youth Congress and said that it does not support those who violate the law. However, a youth leader remained defiant and said that he had no regrets about it, reports PTI. Not just the BJP, the CPI(M) leader M B Rajesh called the killing as ‘illogical form of protest’ and added that it would help the Sangh Parivar.
Police sources revealed that a case has been registered against Youth Congress workers – the penalty for the same can be punishable with a prison term of up to one year or a fine of up to Rs 5,000 or both.