Mamata supports Kajol on beef controversy, says people must have the right to eat what they want

The chief minister said that a dangerous trend had gripped the country in which people are deciding what others should eat.

Published: 03rd May 2017 09:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2017 09:21 PM   |  A+A-

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (File|PTI)

By Express News Service

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday came in support of Bollywood actor Kajol saying that her unneeded clarification was a result of people poking their nose into other’s food habits.

Speaking at a public meet at Muslim-majority North Dinajpur district on Wednesday, the chief minister said that a dangerous trend had gripped the country in which people are deciding what others should eat. It was during that statement that she brought Kajol’s controversy without naming her.

“A very famous woman actor who worked with Shah Rukh Khan in many Bollywood films recently got trolled for uploading a video where she said she was enjoying a beef preparation at a restaurant. Later, she clarified that it was buffalo meat which was legal and apologised. Her clarification was unneeded. This is a very grave situation. They are even deciding what others should eat,” she said.

After getting trolled for uploading the video of eating beef, Kajol not only removed it and clarified it was made of buffalo meat, but also tweeted that she did not want to hurt any religious sentiments.

Mamata Banerjee was earlier accused by BJP that she regularly ate beef. A Jagannath temple priest had requested last month that the West Bengal chief minister not be allowed to enter the historic temple for supporting beef-eating. Banerjee later not only entered the temple and offered puja, but was accompanied by 300 other priests who apologised to her on behalf of the priest who sought prohibition on her entry.

On BJP’s allegation that she was a beef-eater, Mamata Banerjee has upheld that everyone has the right to eat anything he or she likes and no one has the right to question his or her right to food of choice.

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