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'Beef' tweet by Kerala Tourism: Minister alleges communal fanatics spark controversy

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17 (UNI) Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Friday alleged that communal fanatics had sparked the controversy over the promotional 'beef' tweet of State Tourism Department.
Addressing a press conference here, the Minister said a needless controversy was created by communal fanatics as nobody in Kerala links food with religion.
The Minister was reacting to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Vinod Bansal's criticism that the tweet hurts religious sentiments of cow worshippers.
VHP national spokesperson Vinod Bansal on Twitter said "Is this tweet meant for promoting tourism or promoting Beef? Isn't it hearting sentiments of crores of cow worshipers? Is this tweet generated from the pious land of Shankaracharya?"
The Minister also clarified that "the tourists, who visit Kerala, love Pork, beef, fish and all other dishes. Nobody is bothered about it.''
However, Mr Bansal said "The @KeralaTourism must understand that u can't promote anything by hearting religious sentiments of millions of its own tourists worshipping Cows."
"Hurts religious sentiments of cow worshippers. Why the Leftists repeatedly tease Hindus ?," the VHP leader added.
The VHP leader also tagged the Kerala Governor, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Chief Minister and the State Tourism Minister in his tweet and urged them to interfere in this matter.
The Kerala Tourism posted a tweet on beef eaten in the State. "Tender chunks of beef, slow-roasted with aromatic spices, coconut pieces, and curry leaves. A recipe for the most classic dish, Beef Ularthiyathu, the stuff of legends, from the land of spices, Kerala," it said.
The Tourism tweet appeared when the country was observing Makar Sankranti and Pongal.
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