Triuvananthapuram: The BJP in Uttar Pradesh has started a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses and enforcing a ban on cow and slaughter and illegal slaughter abattoir, while in Gujrat the ruling saffron party have imposed life term for cow slaughter but its candidate from Kerala on Sunday promises air-conditioned abattoirs and halal meat if elected.
N Shree Prakash, the Bhartaya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Malappuram by-poll on Monday made it clear with its eye opening truth, that he was against cow slaughter and he stood by the party's national policy on the matter, even as the state leadership said a clarification would be sought from him.
In Manipuram district production of beef products are consumed in large qualities by the 65% of Muslim population, Christians and a sizable number of Hindus, which constitute about 40%.
"The ban in UP is against selling the meat of deceased and sick animals. Will Muslims eat meat which is non-halal? I assure you that I would ensure supply of halal meat in Malappuram if you elect me in the by-election. I will make the effort to establish good slaughterhouses, no doubt about that. You should not hesitate to vote for me on the ground that BJP is supporting beef ban," he said.
A senior Kerala BJP leader in response to Sreeprakash's statement on Sunday said that party's state unit holds nothing against consumption of beef in the southern state since is no ban on it.
"As long as Kerala does not have a beef ban and people eat what they want, the BJP state is not against its consumption. The issue comes into play when there is a ban. Currently, there is no ban and hence nothing against the law,:" Bharatiya Janata Party's state General Secretary M.T. Ramesh said.
"Cow meat is banned in most parts of the country while buffalo meat is not. As far as Kerala is concerned, there is no ban and hence what Sriprakash said is not against the law in Kerala," Ramesh said.
Uttar Pradesh Chef Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered to close down illegal slaughterhouses, sevral ststes including as many as five of the BJP ruled states have followed in for the closure of illegal slaughterhouses across the country.
Earler last week, the Jharkhand government issued an order for closure of all illegal slaughterhouses in the state within 72 hours, while the Gujrat Assembly on Friday amended its Cow Protection Law introducing a life-term for those slaughtering the animal.
In Bihar, seven illegal slaughterhouses were sealed in the Rohtas district after the Patna High Court directed them to be sealed within a time period of six weeks.
In Karnataka too, the Gau Samrakshana Prakoshta and Karnataka Federation of Gaushaalas reportedly have demanded 1,700 unauthorized meat shops in the city be closed down.