The Goa Congress on Tuesday, asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to follow its ‘one nation, one rule’ norm, when it comes to the sale of beef in the country. This came in reply to BJP MP Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister for Coal and Mines, after he said that the party would decide on imposing a ban on sale and possession of beef depending on the “emotions” and “feelings’ of the people of Karnataka, during a media interaction in Goa, on Monday.

Joshi also said, “And I don’t think it will have any impact on Goa.”

State Congress President Girish Chodankar accused the BJP of trying to take mileage from the beef ban issue. BJP brings it up only when it deems politically beneficial for the party.

Chodankar further said, “For everything the BJP says, ‘one nation, one rule’ or ‘one nation, one election’. Why not one policy on beef? Let them go talk about banning beef in the northeast or in Kerala. Why are they doing it selectively? Is it to target certain communities?”

He accused the BJP of being selective in their approach and using the beef issue when they want to target a certain community.

He added, “They are selectively trying to use the beef issue, where it is advantageous to them, to polarise communities. Where it is disadvantageous, they will just leave it like in Goa, Kerala and the northeast. So they are doing very selectively and they are only trying to divide this country.”

Earlier, Pralhad Joshi when asked about the BJP’s stand on cow slaughter, said that the party endorses Mahatma Gandhi’s views on the issue.

Notably, Mahatma Gandhi had firmly opposed the idea of beef consumption.