Just three days after asserting that there is no food code for states and beef will continue in states like Kerala and Goa, KL Alphons, the new Tourism Minister, has advised visitors to eat beef in their own countries before traveling to India.
On Thursday, the minister confronted questions about the impact on Indian tourism of recent incidents of cow vigilantism and the tight restrictions on beef in several states.
Mr. Alphons had dismissed concerns over beef restrictions as “propaganda against the BJP” after he was sworn in as one of the new ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. He said that he doesn’t think the BJP prescribes a food code for every state like the Chief Minister of Goa.
very clear that Goa is a beef-eating state and Goa shall continue to be a beef-eating state… Kerala is a beef-eating state and it shall continue to eat beef… that is what people eat there and BJP doesn’t have a problem”.
When reporters reminded him of his earlier statement, Mr. Alphons chuckled: “That is a cock-and-bull story…I am not the food minister, I am the minister for Tourism.”