Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi has slammed the BJP for its contradictory stances on cow slaughter in the Northeast and other states. “BJP’s hypocrisy is that in Uttar Pradesh cow is the mummy but in the Northeast it's yummy.” Owaisi said.
His statement comes amid the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh embarked on a closing down spree of slaughter houses. However, the saffron party had said that there will not be any beef ban if they come to power in the North East states.
BJP’s Government in Jharkhand also last week issued an order for closure of all illegal slaughterhouses and the Gujarat Assembly on Friday amended its Cow Protection Law introducing a life term for those slaughtering the “sacred animal”.
However, in an interview with Hindustan Times, the Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu had said, “Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won’t take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that.”
Beef is widely consumed in the key northeastern states Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.
The BJP is eyeing on a blanket ban on the cow slaughter and many of the states ruled by the saffron party or its allies have enforced a crackdown on slaughter and selling of cow meat.
Seven illegal slaughterhouses were sealed in Bihar's Rohtas district after the Patna High Court directed them be sealed within six weeks.
Various cow protection organisations from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have also started demanding for the closure of various meat shops in the respective states.
The Bajrang Dal and the Vishva Hindu Parishad activists have also been asking for an increase in the punishment for cow slaughter to life term in the Maharashtra assembly replicating the Gujarat law.
In Karnataka too, the Gau Samrakshana Prakoshta and Karnataka Federation of Gaushaalas reportedly have demanded 1,700 meat shops in the city be closed down as they are unauthorised.