New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Former Meghalaya BJP leader Bernard Marak, who resigned from the party as West Garo Hills president on Wednesday challenged general secretary Nalin Kohli to an open debate on the issue of “beef ban”.
“I make an open challenge to him to come down to Garo Hills and debate me on the stand of BJP on the beef ban. Let’s see how dynamic and comfortable he is to debate me in front of Garo Hills crowd”, Marak said in a statement.
Marak said that Kohli justifies that the notification on cruelty to animal act has no mention of the beef ban, which is absurd because a cow becomes beef only after slaughter, which is specifically banned in the notification.
Hitting out at Kohli for making an attempt to fool the tribals with his fabricated statements. He said that “Garos are not fools and we are not cowards. I challenge Nalin Kohli to give me a date for the debate and prepared to face a simple man like me, who he thought didn’t have a chance in winning the election. He has only seen my sincerity towards the party not my aggressiveness for my people’s interest. I can take him down and hundreds like him on laws that prevail here.”
The two leaders of BJP Meghalaya, Bernard Marak and Bachu Marak resigned from the party over the new cattle trade and slaughter rules. The Bharatiya Janata Party welcomed the resignation of two of its leaders as a mark of supporting the Centre’s notification on Cattle slaughter.