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Games get another beefy problem to chew on

delhi Updated: Jan 22, 2010 00:14 IST
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The BJP-led MCD has threatened to carry out demonstrations across the city if beef is served to foreign guests and sportspersons during the Commonwealth Games to be held this year.

“If the players, officers and foreign guests are served beef, BJP councillors and workers will picket and gherao the hotel as well as the offices of the Commonwealth Games Organizing committees.

The city will witness unprecedented unrest if such a thing is allowed to take place,” Subhash Arya, leader of the MCD house, said.

The councillors said that they would lodge FIRs against the officials and the hotel management for serving beef, too. The legislative wing of the civic agency has written to Lieutenant Governor Tejender Khanna to intervene in the matter.

The civic body has already unanimously adopted the resolution that beef should be removed from the menu of the Commonwealth Games. “We worship cows. How can we allow them to be slaughtered and served to be eaten? During 1994, the then Delhi CM Delhi Madan Lal Khurana had imposed a ban on cow slaughter, processing and sale of its meat. How can they serve beef during the Commonwealth Games?” Ram Kishan Singhal, chairman of the standing committee of the MCD, said.

The councillor said the Games village comes under the MCD area and that they would not allow beef to be served to the guests or sportspersons. The Organising Committee, which is preparing the menu for the Games, had earlier said that they have international commitments which they will have to abide by.

The councillors further said that the Delhi government had passed the Delhi Agricultural Animal Protection Act, 1994, ensuring cow protection.

“Its section 4 clearly prohibits cow slaughtering; section-8 prohibits possession of beef and Section 9 prohibits import of beef. How can they break the law in the name of Games?” said Arya. Arya further said that the Commonwealth Games Committee has already approved the import of beef.