Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: The Congress today distanced itself from the controversial public slaughter done by some Youth Congress works who allegedly butchered a calf publically to protest the Center's ban on sale of cattle for slaughtering. Congress have said those behind incident have been suspended.
The AICC in-charge of communications. Randeep Surjewala, said such action by Congress workers was "completely unacceptable" and was "alien to civil society, our culture and founding principles".
"Anybody who has done so will have no place in the party and that's why the workers have been already suspended by the Youth Congress," he said.
"Such elements have no place in the Congress or in our culture. Indian culture is not to cause harm to any living being, much less to the Holy cow which we all celebrate and revere," he also said.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also condemned the butchering done by some Youth Congress members to protest against the government's move to ban the sale of cows for slaughter.
"What happened in Kerala yesterday is thoughtless, barbaric and completely unacceptable to me and the Congress. I strongly condemn the incident," he tweeted.
Surjewala, however, asked weather the BJP would give similar advice to BJP-ruled Goa and to its chief minister Manohar Parrikar, to Union minister Kiran Raijiju who has been "gloating" over similar incidents, or to other BJP-ruled states "where such incidents are common".
"We should rise above partisan politics and comprehensively condemn such incidents," he said.
Surjewala also raised the issue of attacks on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. The Kerala Police today booked some Youth Congress activists after the incident drew flak from various quarters.