Cattle Slaughter Ban: Mukul Sangma-led Meghalaya Government on Monday opposed Central Government’s order to put a ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter, Times Now and CNN-News 18 reported. The Meghalaya Assembly passed a government-proposed resolution to officially oppose the order. Earlier, CM Sangma had written to his Tripura counterpart Manik Sarkar seeking to form a joint opposition to the Centre’s ban on sale and purchase of cattle at livestock markets for slaughter. Sangma, writing to his Tripura counterpart, said that Narendra Modi government’s move “infringes” on the rights of states to regulate items on the State List, which include cattle markets. “State governments must assert collectively to dissuade the Union government from such actions which directly dilute the federal structure of our great nation,” he said in the letter to Sarkar. Sangma observed that the notification will set a “very wrong precedent” and will result in the negation of the spirit of the federal structure. “The Union government should have tread carefully after due consultations with state governments before proposing changes in the regulation of livestock markets under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” Sangma said.
Bharatiya Janata Party too has faced backlash over the ban in Meghalaya. Last week, over 5,000 saffron party workers in the state resigned over the new rule, IANS reported. Party’s Youth Wing President of Tura city, Wilver Greham Danggo, told IANS that members resigned as a protest against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s attempt to “suppress the tribal and other communities who consume beef”.
As per Danggo, party’s five Mandal committees have been dissolved and over 5,000 youth workers had resigned from the party. “We cannot play with the sentiments of our own people who trust us and we don’t mix politics with religion as the BJP is doing. Any party or individual that hurts the sentiments of our people will be against us… we will protect our tribal land,” he said. Bachu Marak and Bernard Marak, two senior BJP leader in Meghalaya, have also quit the party.