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27/08/2018 12:17 PM IST | Updated 27/08/2018 12:17 PM IST

Kerala Floods: BJP MLA Blames Cow Slaughter For Calamity That Killed Over 300 People

He said those who hurt the sentiments of Hindus will face such consequences.

Facebook/ Basanagouda Patil Yatnal

BENGALURU -- Known for making controversial remarks, Vijayapura's BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal has kicked up a fresh row by saying the devastating floods in Kerala occurred because of slaughtering of cows in the open.

"In Kerala, people openly slaughter cows. What happened? Within a year, a situation like this (flood) arose. Whoever hurts the Hindu religious beliefs will face such consequences," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Vijayapura yesterday.

The BJP MLA was apparently referring to an incident in Kerala last year, where a group of men slaughtered a cow in the open, triggering a controversy.

Yatnal said Hindus had sentiments attached to cows and that nobody should hurt others' religious beliefs.

He added that if the BJP came to power in Karnataka, cow slaughter will be stopped.

Known for making controversial statements, the BJP MLA had last month said if he was the home minister, he would have the intellectuals shot dead as they worked for the human rights of terrorists and not the soldiers who laid down their lives to protect the country.