BJP vs Shiv Sena in Mumbai; Uddhav says will ensure there is no ban on meat

Political acrimony over the ban on meat by civic bodies in Mumbai during the Jain fasting days grew with ruling BJP ally Shiv Sena today vowing that it would ensure there is no such restriction.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: September 9, 2015 9:50 pm
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Political acrimony over the ban on meat by civic bodies in Mumbai during the Jain fasting days grew with ruling BJP ally Shiv Sena today vowing that it would ensure there is no such restriction.

The Sena’s stand came in the wake of Opposition Congress and NCP slamming yesterday’s order by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) — ruled by Sena and BJP — prohibiting meat sale for eight days from September 11 to 18 when the Jain community will observe fasting period ‘Paryushan’.

According to the order, the ban would be enforced on four days – September 10, 13, 17 and 18.

However, the NCP-controlled Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation also announced suspension of sale of meat till September 17 in view of ‘Paryushan’, though the party had yesterday joined the Congress in voicing reservation over it.

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Taking a strident position on the matter, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said, “We will ensure there is no ban on sale of meat for the eight days.”

Interestingly, Sena is the dominant partner in BMC where it shares power with BJP.

The BJP, which has pressed for the ban, held that the decision was taken by the civic bodies and the state government has no role in it.

The NCP had yesterday voiced reservation over the ban order, with the party along with Congress dubbing it as a BJP ploy to polarise voters with an eye on the elections to the civic body due in early 2017.

The ward officer of A ward in Navi Mumbai said in a statement that there will be no sale of meat from today till September 17.

BMC recently announced suspension of meat sale and shutting down of its slaughter house at Deonar in suburban Mumbai on September 10, 13, 17 and 18 in deference to the sentiments of the Jain community members, who during ‘Paryushan’ even shun all root vegetables.

The ban covers mutton and chicken, and excludes fish and eggs. It also extends to private businesses selling raw meat.

The ban on sale of meat during ‘Paryushan’ has been in force since 1964, when the BMC passed a resolution directing a two-day prohibition on sale of meat in response to the demands by Jains, a powerful community which holds key stakes in business and industry in Mumbai.

In 2004, the Congress-NCP government passed another resolution extending it by another two days across Mumbai every September.

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    Raj
    Sep 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm
    Uddhav trying hard to prove his relevance.
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      Vikrant
      Sep 10, 2015 at 1:20 am
      If there is so much problem with meat ban then why ban animal sacrifice in some hindu temples?
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        Vikrant
        Sep 10, 2015 at 1:19 am
        Udhav Thackrey has become secular. Welcome to the club of champions of secularism
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          being Human
          Sep 10, 2015 at 9:39 pm
          If this is the case, why didn't you people respect others and instead banned beef. No one in this world is discriminating anyone, they are just following what is allowed to do. Come on, this crazy.
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            being Human
            Sep 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm
            Raj, if you are trying to convey something, just convey it. Why are you calling stupid or using abusive words here. Come on, grow up. If you are telling people to make good use of resources, then stop eating meat for one month and then you will get to know who will eat and kill who :) If you are educated, then check what resources have God created in proportion with that of humans. If you do not use it, then it will be time for it to use you.
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