RPI(A) stands against the ban on beef, plans to approach President
After protests of Farmers and beef traders, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis now faces protests by ally-Repblican Party of India (Athavale).
The ban on beef has already drawn barbs from farmers and beef traders. Now the RPI Ramdas Athavale-led party has threatened of a 'jail bharo' andolan against the prevailing ban on slaughter, transportation, possession and consumption of meat of any animal from the cow family in the state.
While speaking to media, Athavale stated, “We are an ally of BJP. It doesn't mean we will close our eyes and let the government do injustice to the minority community. People are tired of being unemployed. They want their work to be restored. On the other hand, farmers can do nothing but watch helplessly as they are not allowed to sell the old cattle to slaughter house."
RPI(A) plans to approach President Pranab Mukherjee regarding ban on beef. In March this year the president gave his assent to a bill that prohibits slaughter of male calves and bullocks and transportation, consumption and possession of beef.
Despite of ranging protests, Government has made it clear that there is no going back on the law and it will take steps to provide relief to farmers affected by the decision.
The Muslim Rashtriya Manch, a wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP, has launched a signature campaign demanding rehabilitation of those affected by the beef ban.