BJP never said beef can not be eaten, consumption will continue in Kerala

Who is Alphons Kannanthanam? Famous as Delhi's Demolition man, Kerala cadre IAS officer is now PM Narendra

BJP sources told DC that Mr Rajasekaharan and M. Ganesh, organising general secretary in the state BJP leadership, were in New Delhi on Friday were not aware of it Mr Kannanthanam's ascension until the latter called up the state unit president late on Saturday night after he got the call from the Prime Minister's Office confirming his appointment as a union minister.

Vijayan in a Facebook post expected that the new position would help Kannanthanam become the state's voice in the Union cabinet while effectively intervening into national issues as Union Minister.

"This is like an Onam gift for him and I hope he will work towards the betterment of the state of Kerala".

"Parallel efforts from both Centre & state will certainly ensure successful development of Kerala".

'I could be the bridge between Christian community and Prime Minister's big dream, ' he said.

Alphons Kannanthanam is a retired IAS officer of 1979 batch who joined BJP in 2011.

He added that the bureaucrat had joined the party fed up of the corruption in other political fronts and that the berth was a reward for his tough stance against graft.

By showing the party as being open, even if selectively, to people's choice of what they wish to eat and letting ministers assert this in media interactions, could the BJP be eyeing an image-makeover that will ultimately make it more acceptable in areas where it now is seen as a political pariah? "Similarly, it will be consumed in Kerala", he said. Now, those in the know of things say Alphons too will be elected to the Rajya Sabha. "It is for the people to decide", he said, adding that if a state like Goa, which was ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, could eat beef, then there was no problem in Kerala.

Congratulating Alphons, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennitha took a dig at the state BJP. "Kannanthanam was chosen not just for his administrative calibre and analytical skills".

As reported by Scroll.in, the tourism minister said, "The BJP does not mandate that beef can not be eaten".

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