On the first day of the four-day meat ban in Mumbai, a divide between partners was apparent in the alliance of the BMC, with one calling for a ban on the sale of meat and the other selling meat on the street.
According to the order by BMC, where the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance is in power, a ban on the sale of meat will be enforced on 10, 13, 17 and 18 September in the city.
However, on Wednesday, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was heard as saying, “We will ensure there is no ban on sale of meat for the eight days.”
The Bombay High Court will hear the plea of the mutton traders who say that the four-day ban on slaughter and sale of meat in Mumbai discriminates against their right to a livelihood.
Meanwhile, the MNS announced that it opposed the ban and on 10 September, its party workers along with Sena workers were seen selling and distributing fish and chickens in Dadar.
NCP, ruling party in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), which had called for a meat ban in its jurisdiction, referred to the BMC ban as a ‘ploy to polarise voters’. The NCP and the Congress, had dubbed the ban ‘a BJP ploy to polarise voters with an eye on the elections to the civic body due in early 2017′.
Earlier, the NMMC and Sena-BJP-led Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation had announced eight-day bans on meat sale in their civic limits, from 10 September onwards. All three bans pertain to the sale of mutton and chicken, and not fish and eggs.
Meanwhile, Haropo Haroon Baroon, owner of a Bhendi Bazaar restaurant, as saying, “The charges are higher by Rs 20 per kg to Rs 30 per kg. Also, the taste of frozen meat differs from fresh meat. I buy 100 kg of fresh meat daily. During weekends, my sales double. Now, with the ban on Thursday and Sunday, I am going to stock close to 300 kg. For that, I have to pay Rs 5,000 extra to rent a freezer.”