In the controversial meat ban row during the Jain fasting days, political acrimony grew with ruling BJP ally Shiv Sena vowing that it would ensure that there is no such restriction. The party’s stand came in the aftermath of Congress and NCP slamming the 8th September order by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) -ruled by Sena and BJP – prohibiting meat sale for eight days from September 11 to 18 on the occasion of ‘Paryushan’.
The NCP-controlled Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, however, announced suspension of sale of meat till September 17 in view of ‘Paryushan’, though the party had yesterday joined the Congress in voicing reservation over it.
Commenting on the matter, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, “We will ensure there is no ban on sale of meat for the eight days.”Interestingly, Sena is the dominant partner in BMC where it shares power with BJP.”
The ruling BJP has held that the decision was taken by the civic bodies and the state government has no role in it. The NCP had voiced reservation over the ban order on Tuesday, with the party along with Congress dubbing it as a BJP ploy to polarise voters with an eye on the civic body elections, due in early 2017. The ban covers mutton and chicken, and excludes fish and eggs.