The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) agreed for a four-day ban on sale of meat in Mumbai on Monday. Slaughter of animals will not be allowed in city abattoirs, meat and poultry shops and fish markets will be shut on — September 10, 13, 17 and 18 — the days of Jain ritual of Paryushan, civic officials said.
Restaurants, however, may serve meat, claimed a spokesperson of the Indian Hotels and Restaurants Association.
The BJP too demanded a ban on sale of meat and functioning of slaughter houses for the entire fasting period observed by the community and faced criticism over its stand on the issue. The Jain community observes a fast for eight days, Paryushan, which will be observed from September 10-17 this year.