Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday 19 February questioned the rationale behind holding a "beef festival", saying one could eat beef if one wanted, but there was no need to organise a festival for it.
You want to eat beef, then eat. Why (a) festival? Similarly, a ‘kiss festival’. If you wish to kiss, why do you need a festival or anyone’s permission for it?Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President
Speaking at the platinum jubilee celebrations of R A Podar College of Commerce in Mumbai, Naidu also hit out at those who raised slogans in support of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru.
Then you have Afzal Guru. People are chanting his name. What is happening? He tried to blow up Parliament.Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President
In July 2017, the students of IIT-Madras had held a "beef festival" on the campus to protest against the cattle slaughter ban.
Similarly, an advisory was issued in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month in connection with the death anniversaries of Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Maqbool Bhat.
Bhat and Guru were hanged, and buried inside New Delhi's Tihar Jail on 11 February, 1984 and on 9 February, 2013 respectively.
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