BJP NE Chiefs Warn Centre About Cattle Rules Before Shah’s Visit
BJP’s North-east leaders feel that the Centre’s cattle rules will ruin the party’s national image in the 7 states.
Several BJP chiefs from the state units of the party issued a warning on Tuesday saying that the Centre’s notice, forbidding the trade of cattle in markets for slaughter, could foil BJP’s chances in the North-East, ahead of BJP President Amit Shah’s visit.
Further, the chiefs also warned that the cattle ban notification would ruin the party’s image. BJP unit chiefs in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim told The Indian Express that they had advised against the implementation of the cattle slaughter prohibitions in their states.
The caution comes amidst yet another BJP leader’s exit from the party due to the Centre’s new cattle rules. Bachu Marak, BJP’s North Garo Hills district president who resigned from the party on Monday night, had stated that he could not support the Centre’s prohibition as beef-eating was essential to the Garo culture.
Visasolie Lhoungu, BJP Chief, Nagaland echoed the same:
It is a matter of concern for people in Nagaland. Such decisions will create a feeling that the BJP is against the culture of North-East.
Other state unit chiefs also reacted in a similar fashion. While Tapan Gao, Arunachal Pradesh’s BJP Chief said that the Centre could not be held responsible for this rule as it was following the Supreme Court’s orders, he also said:
It’s not possible nor practical for Arunachal Pradesh to implement such rules. In a democratic country, governments have to respect people’s sentiments.
Meghalaya BJP Chief Shibun Lyngdoh said:
Nothing can go against the wishes of the people. Ours is a secular Constitution and nothing can be done to hurt the sentiments or disturb the lives of any section of people.
The report quoted Assam’s Ranjeet Kumar Das as saying that despite Hindus treating the cow as sacred, they also perform buffalo sacrifices during Durga Puja, which means that this ban would impact them too. JV Hluna, BJP’s Mizoram chief claimed that party chiefs had informed Amit Shah during his visit to the state that it would be impossible for the people to change their culture.
Shah is likely to visit Arunachal Pradesh next week. The BJP is pinning its hopes on the 24 Lok Sabha seats from the seven states in 2019.
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