Vijayapura’s BJP MLA and former Union Minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, known for making controversial remarks, said that the devastating floods in Kerala 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 told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Vijayapura on Saturday.
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In June, 2017, Kerala MLAs had held a "beef festival" at the assembly canteen protesting against the ban of cattle trade and slaughter, triggering a controversy.
The BJP MLA maintained that Hindus had sentiments attached to cows, saying nobody should hurt others’ religious beliefs.
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Yatnal said added that if the BJP came to power in Karnataka, cow slaughter will be stopped.
(With inputs from agencies)