- Centre won't impose restrictions on choice of food, said Rajnath Singh
- Home Minister's remarks made during visit to Mizoram
- Northeastern states have seen protests over centre's cattle trade rule
The Home Minister was in Mizoram to attend a meeting of the Chief Ministers of four northeastern states to review security along the India-Myanmar border. His comment came during a response to a media query regarding the Central rule, which bans purchase and sale of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.
The northeastern states, where beef is staple, have already witnessed a number of protests by locals. In neighbouring Meghalaya, two senior BJP leaders quit the party in protest against the rule. On Monday, the Meghalaya assembly passed a resolution against the rule. The opposition also voted in its favour.
In Mizoram, hundreds of people participated in a "beef party" organised by a local group which coincided with the home minister's visit.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)
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