PM Modi’s remarks on Opposition leaders consuming meat in ‘Sawan’ draws flak

Modi accused Opposition leaders of deliberately indulging in “such acts so that a big section of people gets annoyed".

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 12, 2024 | 7:08 PMUpdatedApr 12, 2024 | 9:17 PM

Modi speaking in Vellore.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, 12 April, shamed the Opposition for consuming meat in the month of ‘Sawan’, prompting people to question how a Constitutional functionary could dictate the people’s dietary choices.

Referring to some leaders consuming meat in the month of ‘Sawan’ of the Hindu calendar and posting videos of it, PM Modi said in Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, “In the month of Sawan, they went to the house of a person who was handed a punishment by a court and is on bail and cherished the taste of mutton. They made a video of it to tease the people of the country.”

“During the month of Sawan, a person who was convicted, who is on bail, someone went to this kind of a criminal… During Sawan, they enjoyed eating mutton. Not just this, they made a video and worked to tease the people of India,” he said, referring to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s house.

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“Everyone is free to eat vegetarian or non-vegetarian food. But they had different intentions. The Mughals used to get satisfaction by vandalising temples, not by defeating kings. They used to derive pleasure out of it.

“Likewise, they tease the people of the country by releasing such videos in the month of Sawan and consolidate their vote banks,” the prime minister alleged.

He said during Navratri, eating non-vegetarian food and highlighting it hurt the feelings of people. “These people will resort to abusing me and targeting me for saying this. But when it is beyond the point of tolerance, it is my duty in a democracy to tell the right things to people. That is my job. I am fulfilling my duty,” he said.

Modi accused these leaders of deliberately indulging in such acts “so that a big section of people gets annoyed”.

“They have a Mughal mindset. They do not know that when the public gives a fitting reply, the princes of big dynasties get sidelined. Dynastic parties and corruption-ridden people should not be given opportunities,” he said.

People highlight Annamalai’s invite

Meanwhile, people on social media highlighted BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief K Annamalai inviting a journalist to have a non-vegetarian meal.

“I will come with you and eat dosa and chicken curry. What is the problem?,” Annamalai asked the journalist.

DMK spokesperson Suriya Krishnamorthy questioned Modi whether he was opposing Lord Ram.

“Dushyanth Srithar, the Spiritual Orator, claims Lord Rama consumed meat, while the BJP’s Modi opposes meat-eating. Is Modi opposing Rama? He seems anxious, perhaps anticipating a biggest electoral setback,” Krishnamorthy wrote on X.

Tamil Nadu Congress vice president Rama Suganthan questioned whether the prime minister was speaking against the 70 percent people of India.

A section of people also slammed Modi over the BJP accepting electoral bonds donations from beef companies.

“Narendra Modi Ji has problems with people eating ‘meat’, But, he is totally fine with accepting donations from those companies which sell beef,” one person wrote on X.

Another user highlighted how people in Tamil Nadu eat non-vegetarian food even during temple festivals.