Amid the outrage over lynching of a man in the state's Dadri town after villagers accused him and his family of consuming beef, the Chief Minister today broke his silence saying that 'our religion and our country' allow people to live the way they want and respect their rights.

"A rumour does not have anything in it but a lot can happen because of it. Our Constitution is based on secularism. Our schemes are all based on this principle but some forces want to vitiate the atmosphere,” Yadav said in an apparent reference to PM Modi, who had in the run-up to last Lok Sabha elections attacked the then UPA government over meat exports, saying it was encouraging 'pink revolution'.

"They want to rake up such issues. These forces talked about pink revolution. We will say today - you are in government now, so ban beef exports. You should build support for banning their export," he added. Without naming PM Modi, Yadav said that those who are marketing the country abroad should consider what kind of food is eaten by the people there.

"The world where you are roaming, marketing and promoting your country, just think once what kind of food they eat from dawn to dusk. That's why we should not interfere in each other's way of life," he added at a function here.

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