In Meghalaya, over 5,000 youth workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party quit the party on Wednesday. This comes as a repercussion to Centre’s new restrictions on cattle sale and slaughter in animal markets. Wilver Greham Danggo, the head of local BJP youth wing, said the party was trying to suppress the tribal and other beef-consuming communities.
Notably, on May 26, the Centre had passed a notification seeking to regulate the sale of bovines at cattle markets. The order prohibits the sale of animals meant for slaughter. Cows, bulls, buffaloes, calves and camels are among the list of animals that are banned for sale and purchase in cattle markets. The Centre has also tightened rules for those looking to sell or purchase the animals.
Danggo slammed PM Modi saying his “sabka saath sabka vikas” campaign was not going well as cow vigilante groups were killing people in the name of cow protection.
“More people are expected to resign from the party in the coming days, especially in the Garo Hills, for their anti-party activities,” state BJP General Secretary Bashailang Khongwir said. While on Tuesday, Nalin Kohli, who is in charge of the party’s affairs in the state, had dismissed reports that the BJP wanted to ban beef in Meghalaya as “false and malicious untruth”.
BJP leader Bernard Marak had quit for similar reasons on June 1. “The BJP is hurting sentiments here on the beef issue. Tribal society has its own laws. The BJP is trying to push Hindutva,” he had said.
As beef is a regular part of the diet of the people of the North-East, a ban on meat sale and slaughter houses maintained the Party leaders unanimously. Several states have massively criticised the Centre’s decision, including Kerala, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh, among others.