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Cow sale ban: 'All in N-E eating what they like'

Rubbishing reports of trouble in the North-East following the Centre's notification on cow slaughter, Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that nobody was facing any difficulty in the region over the matter. Charging the Congress and "pseudo secular" groups with raising an "obsolete issue", he asked mediapersons to visit the North-Eastern states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur to see whether anyone was facing problems due to the notification.

"It is not at all an issue. There is no difficulty in the North-Eastern region. Everyone is eating what they like. (There is) no clash, no arrest. No one is put behind the bars," the Minister of State for Home Affairs told reporters here.

"The Congress is making an issue out of nothing as there is no issue for them. Congress and some pseudo secular groups are raising unnecessary issues which are obsolete. People have rejected them," he said.

On being quizzed about protests in some tribal states, he termed them as "political". Asked about the resignation of two BJP district unit chiefs in Meghalaya opposing the notification, Rijiju said, "Only Congress and some others are making it an issue. Do not make an issue out of an individual resignation from the party.

"Only Congress is protesting. They are falsely creating an issue of an individual resignation," he said. The Union minister stressed that his government would transform the country into a developed one.

"The North East was devastated in these years. We will correct it. We will not allow ourselves to get trapped in their (Congress and others) diversionary tactics," Rijiju said.

Meanwhile, a day after the death NSCN(K) chairman S S Khaplang, Rijiju said that all Indian citizens in the Naga rebel group will be rehabilitated if they abjure violence. "We appeal that all the Indian Nagas in NSCN(K) should surrender and return to the mainstream. We will rehabilitate them," he told reporters.

" Anybody who gives up violence, we will rehabilitate them. We are giving rehabilitation package from the Indian Government. Anybody who abjures violence and respects Indian Constitution is welcome," Rijiju added.

The rebels should take advantage of the rehabilitation package and return, he said. Rijiju, however, said that India cannot talk about the Myanmarese citizens, who are part of NSCN(K).
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