Talking about cow slaughter and consumption of beef, Jyoti said, "Such things should not happen. If you are asking for respect from us, then you should also learn to respect us first.”

"In a democracy it is the duty of the state governments to ban cow slaughter. There are a lot of things to eat in this country but not cow," she added.

West Bengal is among the states where there are no restrictions on cow slaughter. Jyoti also alleged that the issue of alleged intolerance was raised as a pre-planned move to malign BJP ahead of Bihar polls.

"Intolerance is an issue that was created with political motive to malign us ahead of the Bihar polls. It was pre-planned and that is why you can't see any protest after the results are out," Jyoti told reporters.

Jyoti, who is Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, said that it was the neutral votes that made all the difference in the Bihar polls.

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