The Youth Congress excluded three members on Monday including Rejil Makutti for slaughtering a calf in public during a demonstration rally in Kerala that triggered widespread criticism, even from party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. PCC acting president M M Hassan said their action was not by the Congress tradition and culture. Earlier, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) strongman P.K.Kunhalikutty, a former minister, won the Malappuram bypoll in Kerala by 171,038 lakh votes.
Youth Congress features slaughtered the animal on Saturday in the heart of north Kerala’s Kannur town amid slogan shouting against the Centre for preventing the sale of cows for slaughter at animal markets, a move likely to choke the food industry and hurt traders.
But videos of the massacre and cooking of the meat went viral on social media and television, embarrassing the party and sparking condemnation of what many called the unnecessary killing of an animal.
“Their reckless action brought enough shame to the party. We will take strict action against them,” a senior Congress leader said, joining that party workers should keep maximum restraint during such protests.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had denounced the slaughter and said his party would not support it.
“What occurred in Kerala is thoughtless, barbaric and completely unacceptable to Congress Party and me. I strongly condemn the incident,” he tweeted. Many party leaders also condemned the act.
“Even the animals meant for slaughter deserve sympathy. Don’t we need to show humanity? The mode of protest in Kannur was a cruel one,” senior Congress leader Panadalam Sudhakaran said in a social media post.
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Sixteen Youth Congress activists who slaughtered the cow in public was charged on Sunday under IPC Section 428 and Section (ii) of the Prevention of torture to Animals Act 1960.
As the demonstration against new cattle notification mounted, the state government is planning to convene an all-party meet. The Centre’s resolution to ban sale and purchase of animals from the market has triggered widespread outrage in the country as beef is widely consumed in the state.