BJP leader who announced ‘beef party’ in Meghalaya resigns

"In the interest of the Garo people, I have put in my papers today as a mark of protest against the party’s stand on beef," Marak said.

By: PTI | Shillong | Updated: June 1, 2017 7:47 pm
beaf party, Beef ban, Bernard Rimpu Marak, BJP leader resigns, Marak had in a Facebook on Wednesday said the BJP in Garo Hills will organise a “bitchy-beef party” to celebrate three years of Modi government. (Representational photo)

A senior BJP leader in Meghalaya, who had announced a beef party in his hometown to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three years in office, has resigned from the party. BJP district president of Garo Hills Bernard Rimpu Marak, who had joined the BJP last year, was understood to have been asked to put in his papers. He, however, insisted his resignation was to protest the BJP’s “stand on beef”.

“In the interest of the Garo people, I have put in my papers today as a mark of protest against the party’s stand on beef,” Marak told PTI.

“I have resigned because I am a Christian and a Garo first. Steps taken by the party, especially in the Garo Hills are not in the interest of the people,” he said.

Marak had in a Facebook on Wednesday said the BJP in Garo Hills will organise a “bitchy-beef party” to celebrate three years of Modi government. Bitchy is a local alcoholic brew made from rice which is consumed during festivals.

Reacting to Marak’s Facebook post, BJP spokesman Nalin Kohli had told reporters that the party will either sack him or ask him to tender his resignation.

“How can slaughter of an animal be a ground for celebration of Prime Minister Modi’s Government when the notification in itself is to prevent slaughter of animals,” Kohli had said.

Marak, a former leader of an armed militant group – the Achik National Volunteer Council – had recently said on the social media that the BJP, if voted to power in Meghalaya in 2018, will make beef cheaper, a statement which did not go down well with the party leadership.

The state BJP had disowned Marak’s remark although the state BJP chief, Shibun Lyndoh, admitted the party “is not against” people having beef.

Shibun said a tribal state like Meghalaya, where beef consumption is the highest in the country, cannot impose a ban against the will of the people.

“What we would like to have is regulations to check that slaughter houses are hygienic and clean in the interest of all beef eaters,” he said.

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    khaja
    Jun 2, 2017 at 5:02 am
    People of Meghalaya might have understood about the present regime's 'poison coated sweet' what they are posing before the world. Similarly, rest of the Country understands and show the place to RSS. Boastful Kohli will run post to pillar to hide himself, their count down started....
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      Selvi
      Jun 2, 2017 at 4:21 am
      Oh! Poor people.!!!! First of all there is no ban at all. Understand s.
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        Niladrinath Mohanty
        Jun 2, 2017 at 4:17 am
        I am either a Christian or Muslim first but not Indian.
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          Desi Pundit
          Jun 1, 2017 at 11:28 pm
          Gr eating and cow/bull sucking monkeys of bjp should try the good food for a change in a beef-fest organised by a fellow monkey or a good congress man or better still by a muslim gentleman.
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            Desi Pundit
            Jun 1, 2017 at 11:13 pm
            All pea-brained monkeys of bjp would do the same as this MLA did, if they have some sense in their little heads. It is about time that Yogi and Mody kind of fools are abandoned for the well being of the nation.
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              Pork Kabab
              Jun 1, 2017 at 11:07 pm
              Why cannot big companies open goshalas where cows will be reared for milk, ghee, butter, chocolate and beef, leather etc. One should have full right to milk and beef his own cows. Sel cows for slaughter can be prohibited but one should have full right to kill his own cow. Also, a breed should be generated that can give more milk and more flesh. Cal cow mother because it gives milk simply does not make any sense.
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                john mathew
                Jun 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm
                BJP got 200 Crores donations from indias Beef export companies in 2015-2016
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                  pinthirippan sakhavu
                  Jun 1, 2017 at 11:17 pm
                  Where is your proof - saying an posting lies again and again does not make a lie a fact
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                    Anurag
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:16 am
                    where is ur proof that bjp didnt got it ???
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                  Jeremiah Duomai
                  Jun 1, 2017 at 10:54 pm
                  In the North East the affiliation to the ethnic group is so strong. Political affiliation is not at all a strong tie that can disrupt ethnic affiliation. That's why NE people can easily change political party, but going against the ethnic group will result in loss of iden y and community. In my experience, the depth of this ethnic affiliation is something many North India are unable to grasp.
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