BJP youth leader in Meghalaya has quit over new cattle rules saying that the saffron party was ‘suppressing tribal culture in north-east.’
BJP Youth Wing President of Tura city, Wilver Greham Danggo, was also joined by 5,000 BJP grass-root workers, who too decided to quit the party.
He said, “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.”
This came after the North Garo Hills district BJP president, Bachu Marak, resigned from the party
over the Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle in markets for slaughter.
Explaining his reason to quit, Marak had said, “I cannot compromise on the sentiments of the Garos. As a Garo, it is my responsibility to protect the interest of my community. Beef eating is part of our culture and tradition.”
Bachu ahd resigned four days after after West Garo Hills district president
Bernard Marak made an exit from the party on the same issue.
“I cannot compromise on the sentiments of the Garos. As a Garo, it is my responsibility to protect the interest of my community. Beef eating is part of our culture and tradition.
The Union environment ministry had earlier notified the stringent ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’ under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan had said the new rules are very “specific” and aim to regulate animal markets and sale of cattle.
The decision had caused huge uproar in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Kerala, an angry youth Congress worker had publicly slaughtered a calf to protest the Centre’s decision. In Tamil Nadu, superstar Siddharth had told the BJP to stay out of ‘people’s private choices’ and stop the ‘Hindu nation narrative.’