New Delhi : After massive crackdown in Uttar Pradesh by the new BJP government to enforce a ban on cow slaughter in state by authority, the party has clarified that a similar rule would not be imposed in three northeastern states which go to polls next year.
BJP which brag about banning beef in several states and use it in Election manifesto has now changed their ideological methods in north Easters states which proved their double standard, if party is against Beef ban then they should treat each state equally and ban Beef after coming to power. But the party aim is to polarise the votes in the name of beef.
Christian majority states like Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland consume beef widely, and the drive against illegal abattoirs in UP has had repercussions in these states.
To clarify the speculations, BJP Meghalaya’s unit general secretary David Kharsati issued a statement on Sunday blaming “groups with vested interest” for spreading rumours.
“Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won’t take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that,” Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu told Hindustan Times.
As per 2011 census nearly 88% of Nagaland’s population of around 2 million, are Christians. The figure is 87% for Mizoram and nearly 75% for Meghalaya. While Uttar Pradesh has over 200 millions population with more than 84% non-vegetarian.
“There would be no ban on cow slaughter in Mizoram and other states in the region where there is a majority Christian population,” Mizoram BJP president JV Hluna said.
After forming government in Manipur with the help of local parties, BJP is looking to repeat similar successes in the three other states.
BJP is already in power in Assam after a remarkable win last year and was able to form government in Arunachal Pradesh towards the end of 2016 when chief minister Pema Khandu and most People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) MLAs switched sides to join BJP.
Slaughter of animals and birds in private homes and social gatherings still take place across north-east as part of tradition associated with some festivals.
While confirming the statement, there would be no ban on cow slaughter, he hinted that illegal trading will be taken into consideration like Uttar Pradesh “Even in UP, action is being taken on slaughter houses operating without proper license. While there would be no ban on cow slaughter, we would like the government to ensure killing and sale of animals is done legally and in a hygienic manner,” Meghalaya BJP chief Shibun Lyngdoh said.
The BJP had failed to win a single seat in the 60-member Meghalaya assembly and the 40-member Mizoram assembly in 2013. In Nagaland, the party won two seats five years ago.
The party’s Mizoram unit chief Hluna indicated that like in Assam and Manipur, several senior leaders from Congress and from other regional parties could join the BJP ahead of the assembly elections.
With PTI inputs