'No comparison between cow and pig: Assam BJP on pork ban call by Congress MP Abdul Khaleque

Assam BJP said there is no comparison between the cow and pig as nobody worships the pig, days after Congress MP from Barpeta constituency Abdul Khaleque blasted the Assam government over the proposed Assam Cattle Bill demanding a ban on slaughter of pigs and sale of pork 500 metres around mosques.

Khaleque had said that if the slaughter of cows and sale of beef is banned in a 5-kilometre radius of temples, then the government should also ban the slaughter of pigs and sale of pork 500 metres around mosques as pork is forbidden in Islam.

According to a report by TOI, BJP’s national general secretary and Mangaldoi MP Dilip Saikia said that neither Hindus nor Muslims worships pigs.

Saying ‘Gau Mata is linked to the Hindu religion, the BJP MP said that preservation and conservation of the cow is the moral responsibility of every Indian.

Responding to Khaleque’s demand for a ban on pork, he said there is no logic to compare pork with beef and termed his statement communal.

Pig is not considered divine for any community, he said and clarified that the Assam government had not banned beef.

The proposal to ban cattle slaughter and sale of beef in areas where Hindus, Jains and Sikhs live in a majority has been condemned by Congress.

Attacking the BJP, the grand old party has accused it of trying to “polarise” the society with its Cattle Bill, which was tabled in the Assam Assembly today.

“So far as Congress is concerned, we aren't opposing the Bill, but we are demanding there should not be discrimination. Within 5 km of temples, beef selling is prohibited. It should be applicable for all religions,” said Assam Congress Chief Ripun Bora.

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