Bengaluru sources have reported that facing flak from within the party for his remarks on cow slaughter and beef consumption, BJP’s Karnataka spokesperson Vaman Acharya on Monday retracted his statement and apologized “if people were hurt”. Meanwhile at a panel discussion on a Kannada news channel, he said beef consumption was common among all communities, including Brahmins, before India turned agrarian.
He said that even today, many communities in the northeast eat beef. “As a scientific man, a cow is not ‘gomaata’ to me. I do not feel there is a deep link between Hindus and cows. But the agrarian families and cows are deeply linked,” he had said, and added that the cow slaughter issue should be seen from the socio-economic perspective.
Moreover the remarks had sparked off opposition
from within the party and BJP State general secretary C.T. Ravi and former
spokesperson Go. Madhusudhan were among those who condemned Dr. Acharya’s
statements. They said it was not in keeping with the position of the party. BJP
spokesperson S. Suresh Kumar issued a statement distancing the party from Dr.
Dr. Acharya said he had opposed neither cow slaughter nor the cattle trade regulations. “It was my personal stand that I tried to explain. But since people have pointed out that it was contrary to the party’s stand, I have retracted the statement".