On the first day of the four-day meat ban in Mumbai, Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) distributed packets of meat in various areas of Mumbai to protest against the same.
The ban, ordered in view of the fasting period (Paryushan) observed by the Jain community, was passed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
BMC had said that slaughter of animals will not be allowed in the city’s abattoirs, and that meat and poultry shops and fish markets will be shut on September 10, 13, 17 and 18.
A similar ban has also been imposed by the neighboring Mira-Bhayander and Navi Mumbai municipal corporations.
Though many poultry shops remained open on the first day of the ban, the city’s main government-run abattoir in the city’s Deonar is closed.
The ban has resulted in a political standoff between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally the Shiv Sena.
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Members of Raj Thackeray’s MNS were detained after they defied the ban.
MNS corporator Sandip Deshpande, who participated in the protest, said:
“We are selling meat in Dadar area along with Shiv Sena workers, when police suddenly came there and started pushing and shoving us, later they detained us. But we will continue our agitation against the ban till the government and the civic body revoke the order.”
He further also said that the party would set up meat stalls on all four days of the ban.
On Wednesday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his party would ensure that there was no ban on the sale of meat.
While the BJP defended the ban, the opposition party Congress and the NCP alleged that the move was a BJP ploy to polarize voters and appease a section of society before the crucial MCGM polls in early 2017.
Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court will hear the plea of the mutton traders on Friday. They say that the four-day ban on slaughter and sale of meat in Mumbai discriminates against their right to a livelihood.