Second BJP leader in Meghalaya quits over Centre’s new cattle slaughter rules

Bachu Marak alleged BJP leaders were 'attempting to impose its non-secular ideology on the indigenous people in Meghalaya'.

By: IANS | Tura (meghalaya) | Published:June 6, 2017 10:45 am
BJP, Cattle slaughter norms, BJP Meghalaya, Bachu Marak A second BJP leader from Meghalaya quit the party in protest of the Centre’s new cattle slaughter norms. (Photo for representational purposes)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Meghalaya suffered yet another major political setback when one more senior party member quit over the Centre’s new cattle trade and slaughter rules. Bachu Marak, the district president of the BJP in North Garo Hills, alleged that BJP leaders were “attempting to impose its non-secular ideology on the indigenous people in Meghalaya”.

Bachu Marak’s resignation came after Bernard Marak’s, who as the district president of the BJP in West Garo Hills, had accused that the leaders of the party were “not respecting the tradition and culture of the indigenous people”.

“As a responsible leader, I cannot mislead the people and allow them (BJP) to impose the non-secular ideology on us. They cannot impose the beef ban in our state,” Marak told IANS over phone.

“Beef is one of our traditional diet and no government can restrict people’s food habit. The moment they impose such restriction the ruling party would surely lose people’s confidence,” he said.

State BJP President Shibun Lyngdoh, however, dismissed Marak’s claim.

“He (Bachu Marak) is making such statement to mislead the people. The party has no intention to impose any anti-constitutional measures to the people. The objective of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi government is to ensure all round development across India,” Lyngdoh told IANS.

Last week, some BJP leaders in the state had threatened to quit the party if the central government refused to repeal the new cattle trade and slaughter rules.

“Most party leaders in Meghalaya are not happy with the new rules which are directly affecting the socio-economic status of the people,” BJP Vice President John Antonius Lyngdoh said.

“We cannot accept the new rules on cattle trade and slaughter. We cannot go against our food behaviour besides putting the economic interest of those people dealing in cattle trade and slaughter in jeopardy,” he said.

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    s s nair
    Jun 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    People should be careful in opposing BJP they may be treated as terrorists.
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      l s
      Jun 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm
      These no good leaders, instead of discussing the matter with the centre, are leaving the party. OK, goodbye. Do not try again to enter the party. The party is better off instead of having blacl-mailers.
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        Sydu
        Jun 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm
        TODAY EARLY MORNING I ATE FRESH COW MEAT HERE IN BAHRAIN. WE ARE PROUD OF HIS MAJESTY KING HAMAD BIN ISA AL KHALIFA AND GOVT OF KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN. LONG LIVE OUR KING AND KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN .
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          Abdul
          Jun 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm
          I hope the dalits, SC/ST, and OBC in the fold of Sanghis realise that they are taken for a ride by the RSS to consolidate power. AT the moment RSS shows that minority is the enemy but once RSS gets absolute control of power they will turn against the lower caste hindus, and all untouchable, no-admission in temples or upper caste houses / street will be the reality. What caste system and its all forms of practices is prevai in U.P., Gujarat, M.P., Rajasthan generally and other parts of India in a small scale will become the norm all over India.
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            stud.
            Jun 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm
            At least some one has shown courage what is right and what is wrong
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              Tanbeer alam
              Jun 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm
              I am thinking if same comment comes from Kashmiri Muslim then?
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                Selvan
                Jun 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm
                This is what I had been predicting. India lost its secular iden y. I am glad these two bold leaders had done. May many follow them. Nobody can come against our basic freedom of cons utional rights. Wait and see. Modi shall be out soon and I am awaiting. (for the sake of our country )
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                  bitterhoney
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm
                  Thank God, Lotus started glooming.
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