Authorities have imposed a one-day ban on meat in Bengaluru to mark the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi on September 17.
The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular)-controlled civic body has become the latest civic body to bar the sale of meat within its limits, at a time a controversy has erupted over several BJP-ruled states, including neighbouring Maharashtra, imposing such bans.
Joint director (animal husbandry) has banned the slaughter of animals and the sale of meat in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits on September 17, 2015, on account of Ganesha Chaturthi, the civic body said in a release on Tuesday.
Asked about the ban, BBMP commissioner G Kumar Naik said: "It is a routine thing practised on account of festivities."
Food and civil supplies minister Dinesh Gundu Rao distanced the government from the decision. "BBMP has taken the decision, it is a routine thing. The government has not taken any such decision," he said.
Recently, a four-day ban on the sale of meat in Mumbai during the Jain festival of Paryushan Parva triggered a controversy -- and a court case -- after political parties like the Shiv Sena and the MNS opposed the move.
Some other BJP-ruled states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Chhattisgarh have also taken similar measures on account of the eight-day Jain fasting period.
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