Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned sale of meat for four days in Mumbai during the Jain fasting season Paryushan. The community would be observing Paryushan starting from 11th to 18 September this year. Demand for ban was jointly raised by BJP legislature and Jain organizations. BMC stated that on 10, 13, 17 and 18 slaughter houses in Mumbai will remain closed, including sale of meat products.
However, restaurants will serve meat, as said by the spokesperson of Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR).
The sale of fish and other sea food will be affected by this ban. The sale of chicken meat is also not prohibited in this four days ban.
BMC’s meat ban decision was based on Corporation resolutions passed in 1964 and 1994, along with a State Government’s resolution passed on 2004.
The BMC official said ‘2 days ban on sale can be imposed by corporation, inspired with two corporation resolutions. In addition to this state government resolution directed us for two days ban, so this year we decided to ban it for four days’.
It is not the first occasion when BJP has demanded for ban the sale of meat in Mumbai; party leaders were demanding it from past two years. Although, they had to face a stiff opposition from his own partner Shiv Sena and other political groups.
Sanjay Nirupam former MP and President of Congress Unit in Mumbai said “The ban is anti-democratic; BMC has given its decision under pressure of BJP. The government is not expected to favor a particular community and must work as per constitution”.
MNS group leader Sandeep Deshpande has renamed BJP as “Bhartiya Jain Party” for forcibly imposing the ban on meat.
A number of celebrities has also slammed over ban imposed on meat sale in Mumbai. here are some tweets:
Our country is going to remain a 3rd world nation because of the intolerant misogynistic close minded few. https://t.co/JcIDEC3gQE
— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) September 8, 2015
In a city where so many say Mumbai (because they cant say Bombay) for fear of reprisal–the (temporary) meat ban is just symptomatic surely — barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 8, 2015
For those 4 days, ban onions, garlic, root vegetables too. Let’s all walk around barefoot, wearing masks. Why the hell not!? #BJPAbsurdity
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) September 8, 2015
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) September 8, 2015