Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has come under scanner after she was clicked with Kerala based controversial youth political activist Rijil Makkutty who had stoked a controversy by dragging a calf and brutally butchering it in full public view in 2017.
After the Infamous butchering incident, Rijil was suspended from the party. But in recent days he appears to be aggressively campaigning for the party in Kerala from where the party president himself, Rahul Gandhi is also contesting. Apart from Priyanka Gandhi, Rijil was also caught on camera with her brother Rahul Gandhi.
Photos of senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi socialising with Rijil Makkutty were posted by Rijil himself on his Social Media page. Rijil had uploaded his picture alongside Priyanka Gandhi on April 20, 2019, while she was on her visit to Kerala for addressing election rallies and public meetings. In another post uploaded by him on April 17, 2019, Rijil can be seen welcoming and greeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
In 2017, in defiance against the centre’s move to enforce a ban on cow slaughter, Rijil Makkutty along with his aides had dragged a calf and brutally slaughtered it. Cow is considered as a sacred animal by Hindus and the act of publically slaughtering a calf was seen as an act on the Hindu faith.