Aizawl, May 27: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday described the statement recently made by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on cow slaughter as "not palatable".
Addressing a press conference after arriving in Aizawl for a two-day maiden visit after becoming Union Minister, Rijiju said that while states having Hindu majority could enact legislation banning cow slaughter, it could not be imposed on north eastern states where majority of the people are eating beef.
Terming the recent statement of Naqvi as "not good", he, however, said that the Minister was using his freedom of speech and expression. [Cong responsible for rise of insurgency in north-east: Kiren Rijiju]
He said that the cultures, traditions, habits and sentiments of all the people in the country should be respected and honoured.