A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party mooted the idea of celebrating an “eco-friendly” Bakr-Eid, Rashtriya Swayam Sevak-backed Muslim Rashtirya Manch (MRM) on Tuesday celebrated the festival at its Awadh Prant office by cutting a cake that was designed as a goat. MRM Awadh Prant convener Raees Khan told reporters that the objective behind cutting a cake instead of sacrificing a goat was to promote “non-violence”. Khan said that the sacrifice of goats during Bakr-Eid causes “pollution” and “promotes violence”.
On Monday, BJP pitched for a debate on observing Bakr-Eid in an “eco-friendly” way. BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said, “The way we are becoming more eco-friendly, the way a campaign in this regard for Holi and Diwali festivals is going on in the country and the world… it is a matter of debate and there should be a debate over it. It will be good if the intelligentsia in the country discusses it.”
His comments drew a sharp reaction from Muslim leaders who accused the BJP of promoting its Hindutva ideology. AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi said, “Assuming he (Sharma) said that we should not perform animal sacrifice on Bakr-Eid, the BJP is trying to impose its Hindutva ideology on India. But instead of doing so openly, it is resorting to innuendoes. Can they make the same appeal against animal sacrifice by non-Muslims in many other parts of India?”