Raipur: Amidst the ongoing hue and cry over the meat ban imposed in Greater Mumbai area by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on the occasion of four days of the Paryushan festival during September 11-18, Chhattisgarh became the fourth BJP ruled state to impose a ban on meat on Friday.
The measure was quietly enforced in Rajasthan. In Jammu and Kashmir, where the BJP is a part of the coalition government, the state High Court has reiterated an over 150-year-old ban on beef.
Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), in a bid to regain political relevance, led the protests in Mumbai’s Dadar suburb, the hub of the meat-loving Maharashtrian community, by selling the banned items on Thursday — the start of the eight-day-long Jain holy festival which devouts observe through religious austerity/fasting and forgiveness.
“Only because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, Gujarati people, Jains are feeling emboldened… They are trying to control the eating habits of others,” Thackeray said.
His cousin and BJP ally in the state, Uddhav Thackeray, also joined the protest against the ban, calling it another example of minority appeasement by a government. In a controversial statement, the party said, “The Muslims have Pakistan to go to, where will the Jains of India go?”