Guwahati/ 16th June’2017 (Prag News Desk): The new cattle trade rules seem to have offended the major christian states joining in, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allies of Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya have opposed the Central Government’s new cattle trade and slaughter rules.
“The Narendra Modi-led NDA government must refrain the imposing restrictions on the dietary habits of the people”, stated by the Naga People’s Front(NPF) Resolution Committee Convener Sebastian Zumvu.
He further added that the NPF’s Central Executive Council further directed the Shurhozelie Liezietsu-led Nagaland government to report the matter to the Central government so that traditional, religious or customary practices were not indugled with and the secular character of the Indian constitution stays protected. Here, four BJP members in the 60-member Nagaland Assembly are supporting the NPF government.
In Mizoram, the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF), one of the constituents of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance, has also opposed the Central government notification under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules 2017.
“It is to be mentioned here that beef or pork are part of quinessential tradition in the major states of North East and here, the cattle trade rules comes as imposing enough that in turn urges for a major custom changes which is not possible.”, shared MNF president Pu Zoramthanga
The two-time Mizoram Chief Minister however mentioned that Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told him that the Central government would not impose any restrictions on people’s choice of food.
Many protested against the beef ban and staged it by participating on “Beef Ban Bashing Baquet” on Monday, incidentally, during Rajnath’s visit to Aizawl.
The National People’s Party (NPP), BJP’s alliance in Meghalaya jointly with the United Democratic Party (UDP) too opposed the cattle rules. They further uniamously passed a government resolution urging the Centre to immediately withdraw the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017.
Recently, when some members in the BJP party made an exit over the issue, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “some media houses constantly trying to project people of North East as compulsive beef eater and spreading negativity which isn’t right/1.” He further tweeted, “There’s difference between ‘please don’t eat beef’ and ‘stop eating beef now”