Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Tuesday met a meat-sellers’ delegation in the backdrop of the indefinite strike they are on to protest the clampdown on illegal slaughter houses in the state. After coming to power, the new UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling to fulfil a key electoral promise, which led to their closure. This has reportedly created the scarcity of meat in the state leading to the shutting down of many meat selling shops. In this regard, the delegation met the minister today. After the meeting, Singh said, they have noted all the issues raised by them with an open mind. The minister assured that the state government will not allow anything illegal to happen. The representatives of agitating meat sellers and exporters have submitted a memorandum to the state government and now want to meet CM Yogi Adityanath.
However, the minister clarified that actions are only against illegal abattoirs. All the licenced slaughter houses are requested to stick to the norms and need not to fear. He further said that no orders have been issued to take any action against any shop selling chicken, fish or eggs.
On the other side, the indefinite strike called by meat sellers and mutton shop owners entered its second day. According to Mubeen Qureshi, an office bearer of Lucknow Bakra Gosht Vyapar Mandal, the strike called by mutton sellers would continue at least till the end of Navaratra (April 5). It may be extended further depending upon the outcome of talks.
Meanwhile, the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of the state is continuously hailing the move and ensuring the proper implementation of law and order in the state, adding it is only going by the rule book. Cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma today told ANI that the National Green Tribunal, in 2015, had ordered that there should be a “ban on illegal slaughter houses”. As the action is against only illegal slaughterhouses, it shows that “Yogi Adityanath ji wants to establish a proper law and order in the state,” said Sharma.
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Shrikant Sharma further also said that the people who are trying to make this a political issue and trying to give a religious color to it is not good. “People are intelligent they will not fall prey to this,” said Sharma.
(With inputs from PTI)