On Friday, Chhattisgarh which is a BJP-led government on Friday announced a ban on the sale of meat across Chhattisgarh till September 18 in connection with the Jain festival Ganesh Chathurthi and Paryushan.“The state government has issued a directive in this regard. We have issued instructions to completely ban the sale of meat including poultry and fish till September 18. It is being strictly complied with”, the Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) commissioner Dr. Saransh Mittar told Hindustan Times.
Chhattisgarh in the second consecutive time has enforced a complete ban across the state for 8 consecutive days.
After some groups approached the high court last time the number of days for the ban was cut down to two.
Chhattisgarh ban comes at a time when similar measures in Rajasthan and Mumbai evoked widespread criticism, including from the BJP’s ally Shiv Sena.
All municipalities and civic bodies across Chhattisgarh have been asked to abide by the state government’s orders. “The state government’s decision is unjustified. Sale and consumption of meat are not illegal and they are not sold by hawkers but at earmarked places. We respect all religions. Those who have any issue against meat should avoid going through the place where it is sold”, president of Muslim body Seeratun-Nabi Committee Nauman Akram Hamid told HT.
The mutton dealers, poultry association, and fisheries cooperatives are planning to challenge the government directive in court.
“What about those who earn their livelihood through the business of sale of mutton and fish on a daily basis. They are many who come from a poor economic background. What about their survival then”, said Abhishek Majhi of fisheries cooperative.