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BJP candidate takes a U-turn in beef row; says he is against cow slaughter

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BJP candidate takes a U-turn in beef row; says he is against cow slaughter
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Thiruvananthapuram: A day after kicking up a storm with his "quality beef" remark, Adv. N Sreeprakash, the BJP candidate in the Malappuram by-poll Monday made it clear that he was against cow slaughter and he stood by the party's national policy on the matter.

Sreeprakash had reportedly said in Malappuram that he would offer "quality beef" in the district if voted to Parliament in the April 12 by-poll and that slaughterhouses would be made air-conditioned to ensure the quality of meat.

Amidst hectic electioneering, he told PTI today that his words have been distorted and what he meant was providing quality food to the people.

"My words have been distorted. I am against cow slaughter.

The abattoirs that have been shut in Uttar Pradesh were illegal. What I meant was quality food should be provided to the people," Sreeprakash said, adding that it was up to the Kerala government to decide whether or not to ban beef.

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