Terming the allegation of beef being served in Kerala House as “unfortunate”, Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy on 27 October said his government would take up the issue with the central government after collecting all details.
Reacting to the episode, Chandy said, some people were creating a row over beef ban. A call by a person of a right-wing group on 26 October complaining that beef was being served at Kerala House’s canteen had led the Delhi Police to Kerala House.
“Kerala House is not a private hotel. It is the state government’s official guest house. The police should have shown restraint. The police action was uncalled for and is really unfortunate. The resident commissioner should have been intimated before the action. Why was the protocol not observed? asked Chandy, while addressing a press meet at Kozhikode.
Echoing similar sentiments, Kerala home minister Ramesh Chennithala said, “The incident is nothing less than violation of the powers of the state. Kerala government would send a protest letter to LG of Delhi Najeeb Jung over the issue.”
Meanwhile, reactions to the episode poured in from opposition parties. Former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony said, “An individual’s freedom to decide what to eat and wear should be sacrosanct and not violated.”
CPI (M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan said the searches at Kerala House are apart of Sangh Parivar agenda. “The same forces who killed Akhlaq in Dadri are behind the searches (at Kerala House). The raid shows that they will barge into any kitchen in the country,” he said in a Facebook post.
“When there is no ban on beef in Delhi or any restriction to cook or sell it at Kerala House, the Delhi Police action is illegal,” he added.