Beef row: Oomen Chandy threatens legal action if mistake not admitted

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Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government in Kerala on 28 October took up cudgels against the police raid in Kerala House in Delhi and said legal action would be taken if the mistake was not admitted.

Stating that the issue has affected Centre-state relations, Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy said the cabinet decided to take legal action if the Delhi Police stuck to its argument that they carried out their duty”.

The raid was carried out without the state officials’ permission and crossed all limits of propriety, said Chandy.

The Delhi Police’s version “is not acceptable to us. We are waiting for a reply (to the letter sent to the PM and home minister) from PM Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh. Kerala will take legal action if the reply also supports the Delhi Police in its stand,” said Chandy.

Stating that cow meat was not served at Kerala House, he said, “But buffalo meat, which is not banned, will be served from 28 October at Kerala House.”

Chandy thanked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for their support to Kerala’s stand on the issue.

“They came to Kerala House without verifying the complainant’s credentils of the complainant,” Chandy said. The incident, he said, has affected India’s federal system. However, he said, “We are ready to take a lenient view if the mistake is admitted.”

Asked whether the beef controversy would have any impact on the civic polls due next month would have any political impact on the civic polls next month, Chandy said people of Kerala “notice everything and there is no need to give any explanation to them”.

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