At a time when the BJP-led union government is facing condemnation for its fresh directive banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a BJP leader from Meghalaya has said that the party would make beef cheaper if chosen to power in the northeastern state. The state is due for assembly poll next year.
Leader Bernard Marak said to HT, “Consumption of beef is a routine thing among Garo people, most of who are Christians. But the prices are very high as there is no regularization. If elected, our party will regularize sale, which will bring prices down.”
Meghalaya is principally dominated by Christians with the state having 74.59% Christian population as per 2011 census data. Beef is widely consumed in Meghalaya. Thus, the state unit has written to Nalin Kohli, the BJP in-charge for Meghalaya, to make sure the state was spared of the ban.
Marak also cleared that there would be no ban on consumption of beef in the state.
However, state BJP Chief Shibun Lyngdoh said Marak’s statement on cutting down the price of beef is of his own and not those of the party. “As a party we haven’t made any promise of bringing down prices of beef if elected to power in the state next year. But there won’t be a ban on beef in Meghalaya,” he told HT.