Playing double standard game ahead of Assembly Elections in Meghalaya, the state unit of BJP has refuted to ban cow slaughter in the Christian dominated state.
The justification comes brushing aside Congress’ claim that the Centre has banned cattle slaughter.
Justifying Congress’ assertion, JA Lyngdoh, vice-president of the state unit of BJP said, “The explanatory can be traced back to the guidelines of the Supreme Court.”
The rules were framed to regulate animal markets and prevent them from being smuggled out of India to Nepal and to Bangladesh.
Responding to claims “The rules do not say so. Even if they did, they would have to be struck down as unconstitutional by the high court or the Supreme Court.”
Lyngdoh said the Supreme Court had in July directed the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change to frame rules under Section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1960. The rules lay down dos and don’ts for animal markets “which have been misinterpreted as some sort of nationwide ban on cow slaughter”, he added.
Demanding an immediate withdrawal of the notification and how it would impact the economy of the state, Meghalaya chief minister, Mukul Sangma said the ban will infringe upon the way of life and the culture of the people.
Countering this, Lyngdoh said the NDA government believes in freedom of choice and personal liberty as enshrined in the Constitution and will not hamper the food habit of tribals in the state.
BJP, the much popular for beef politics across the country seems taking a step back fearing the outcome of the ban in poll-bound Meghalaya.