India's Modi says animal slaughter will 'ruin' nation
Published on Apr 4, 2014 12:05 AM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian election frontrunner Narendra Modi, the vegetarian Hindu nationalist tipped to be the next prime minister, warned Thursday the country's expanding meat industry will lead to its "ruin".
With the campaign heading into its final days before the marathon nine-stage vote begins Monday, Modi assailed the meat industry and accused the Congress-led government of pursuing a "pink revolution", referring to the colour of meat.
"The pink revolution is a programme to ruin the country," Modi told his supporters at a rally in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
India's booming middle class with rising disposable incomes is driving the demand for meat in a country which traditionally has had a large vegetarian population.
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