Jaitley, one of the senior minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet, however, insisted that such comments would have no impact on the government or its policies. Asked about Naqvi's remarks at a press conference held to highlight achievements of the Modi government in its first year, Jaitley stated, "It is natural that people should realise their responsibilities. The Prime Minister has also said so time and again."

He also took a dig at news channels for playing up such remarks, saying, "It is a different thing that these comments have their own attraction in your channels". Naqvi, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, had sparked a controversy on Thursday by saying that "If a certain section (of people) is dying because they can't sell or eat beef then this is not the country for them. Let them go to Pakistan or an Arab nation, or any other part of world where it is available."

The BJP-led government in Maharashtra has banned slaughter of cow and its progeny and made sale and possession of beef unlawful, providing for imprisonment upto five years and fine of Rs 10,000. The decision has invited criticism from several sections.

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