New Delhi: In a tit-for-tat counter attack on Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi's outrageous statement made during a tv program on Thursday, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi dared the union minister to deport Chief Minister of Goa to Pakistan for eating beef.
While asking whether the Centre would impose a blanket ban on beef across India, especially in states like Goa, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala where a large number of people eat red meat, Owaisi while participating in a debate at 'Manthan' conclave organised by TV channel Aaj Tak said, "You should first deport to Pakistan your own Chief Minister in Goa who eats beef and also refuses to ban beef in his state."
During the debate Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi while justifying the ban on cow slaughter asked all those who want to eat beef to go to Pakistan.
"It is not about loss or profit... it is an issue of faith and belief. It is a sensitive issue for the Hindus," Naqvi said during the debate.
"Those who are dying without eating beef, can go to Pakistan or Arab countries or any other part of world where it is available," he said.
"Even Muslims are against it..." he contended.
On the issue of backwardness among Muslims, Naqvi said the Narendra Modi government was taking steps to eradicate poverty among the minorities.
"It is a fact that Muslims have remained away from development. Various social security schemes started by our government would help Muslims in a big way," he added
However, Owaisi accused the BJP-led NDA government of cutting down the budget meant for minorities and not initiating enough steps to ensure development of Muslims.
"Modi has not taken a single meeting of 15-point programme meant for Muslims…There has been no word on implementation of either Sachar Committee report or Shunglu Committee report that talks about development of Muslims.
"On the other hand, it was against reservation for backward Muslims and cutting down on budget meant for Muslims,” Owaisi said.