Thrilled with the UPA’s victory in the trust vote on July 22, Samajwadi Party MLA from Madhya Pradesh Kishore Samrite sacrificed 245 goats and four buffaloes at the Kamakhya temple over the weekend.
Samrite, a self-proclaimed devotee of the Mother Goddess, had reportedly sacrificed a goat for his party’s well being earlier too. He was accompanied by two other party men.
“I’ve come here to invoke blessings for the stability of the UPA government and for world peace,” said Samrite.
Outraged by the act, activists of the Animal rights group People for Animals (Assam chapter) staged a protest outside the temple. “The animal sacrifices were a violation of all ethical norms. We have filed a police report against the legislator,” said Sangeeta Goswami, a PFA activist.
But the MLA argued that animal sacrifice is a centuries-old tradition at Kamakhya and that there was nothing wrong in it.
Meanwhile, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Tuesday wrote to SP boss Mulayam Singh Yadav urging them to stop Samrite.
“Animal sacrifice has no place in Indian culture. Killing an animal to celebrate your victory in the parliament is a blatant show of cruelty towards animals,” said PETA chief functionary Anuradha Sawhney.
The Kamakhya, a Shakti shrine famous for Tantrik rituals, is one of the 51 holy Hindu peethas.