BJP’s Double Standards – No Beef Ban If We Come To Power In Northeast States
The Bharatiya Janata Party might be obsessed with banning beef consumption and cow slaughter in states which they are in power.
But the party it seems will not enforce the same in the northeast. With the BJP’s somewhat surprise victory in the recent Manipur assembly elections, the party is betting big on the region as three more northeastern states, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram will go to polls next year.
With all the three being majority Christian, and beef being an integral part of the local cuisine, the BJP has said that there won’t be implementing any UP-like ban on cow slaughter in northeast.
“Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won’t take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that,” Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu told Hindustan Times.
“There would be no ban on cow slaughter in Mizoram and other states in the region where there is a majority Christian population,” Mizoram BJP president JV Hluna said.
Meghalaya BJP General Secretary Devid Kharsati made it clear that the situation of Uttar Pradesh differs vastly from that of the northeastern states. Census data from past years shows that all the three states –Mizoram, Nagaland, and Meghalaya have majority Christian population.
While the Congress is in power in Meghalaya and Mizoram, the BJP is a part of the coalition in the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) in the state.