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K J Alphons Change Of Heart? From Kerala Will Eat Beef, To Eat Beef Before Coming To India

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| September 8 , 2017 , 14:16 IST

Kerala minister K J Alphons, the newly sworn in Tourism Minister has advised foreigners to "eat beef in their own countries" before travelling to India, merely days after he stated that there is no "food code" for states and that beef will continue to be eaten in states like Kerala and Goa.

Answering questions related to the impact of recent incidences of cow vigilantism and tight restrictions on beef on Indian tourism, Alphons on Thursday said, "They (tourists) can eat beef in their own country and come here yaar."

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On September 4, a day after being sworn in as one of the new ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, Alphons had taken a different view on consuming beef in the country and BJP's role in influencing food habits of people.  

"I don't think the BJP prescribes a food code for every state... like the Chief Minister of Goa has made very clear that Goa is a beef-eating state and Goa shall continue to be a beef-eating state... Kerala is a beef-eating state and it shall continue to eat beef... that is what people eat there and BJP doesn't have a problem," said Alphons.

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When the tourism minister was reminded of his earlier statement, he said, "That is a cock-and-bull story...I am not the food minister, I am the minister for Tourism."

The former bureaucrat, Alphons spoke about his new role and the Tourism ministry and said that the sector calls for innovate ideas to promote tourism.

"India is the oldest civilization. The whole world should come and see us. We have to love our history and our country...We have to tell them, look here, this is a beautiful country," said Alphons.