BJP shows flexibility over beef ban, says states are free to decide on slaughter of cows
Being in the middle of a storm at the center of the ban on the sale of cattle for the massacre, the BJP in power has shown some flexibility. Assuming that most of the BJP leaders in Meghalaya eat beef, the party has also said that it is up to state governments to decide to ban the slaughter of cows.
Speaking to India today on the recent government notification Narendra Modi prohibits the sale of cattle for the massacre, the BJP’s national voice in charge of Meghalaya Nalin Kohli said: “The BJP clearly stated that the issue having a law in a State in the slaughter of cows is to be decided by the state and not by the Center. ”
Of the BJP’s position in states such as Northeastern and Southern states, where the majority of the population consumes beef, Kohli said: “Any state government decides to have a law or does not have a law on the slaughter of cows, Account the local food habits of this particular state and in the Northeast, each state government will take into account. ”
Kohli’s statement makes it clear that the BJP is open to states that are governed by what beef consumption and do not interfere with local eating habits. There is speculation that BJP governments are banning meat in the north-eastern and southern states, where consumption is considered normal.
Taking a flexible position, on the ban on beef, BJP avoided rebellion in their ranks. He also lost his shame because many BJP leaders in the Northeast and the South consume beef.
BJP leaders in Meghalaya, including their head of state unity Shibun Lyngdoh, have already taken the position that if the party comes to power in the 2018 Assembly elections, it does not prohibit beef consumption. Another leader, Bernard Marak, president of the Tura town unit in the hills of Garo BJP became the promise that meat prices would be cheaper if the party won the state elections.
In May 2015, the Minister of State of the Union of Origin Kiren Rijiju said that he eats beef and no one could prevent him from doing so. He was responding to the comments of the Minister of Minorities Affairs of the Union and those who wanted to eat beef could go to Pakistan.
Later Rijiju said that he had been “misunderstood”. However, he always maintained that India was a secular country and that eating habits can not be stopped. He said that just as Hindu faith and feelings must be respected in Hindu majority states, those of other communities are respected in their own dominant states.
Assuming a problem in order to expand the base of other states, BJP has clearly established its position regarding the meat embargo. The party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused on the Northeast, West Bengal and Kerala. Meat consumption is considered normal in all these states. Any attempt to curb the risk of encountering strong resistance.