The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has softened its stand on meat ban in Mira and Bhayander for two days.
The Jain festival Paryushan falls on August 29,and the Mira Bhayander Municipal Coporation (MBMC) has eased the meat ban, unlike last year,where it had imposed an eight-day ban.
The BJP will take a decision on the ban in its meeting on Friday. Sources from the party said the ban will be on for a couple of days only and not for eight days like last year. Last year’s ban had been a means to woo the Gujarati and Jain vote bank, said sources. A battle between vegetarian and non vegetarian lobby ensued and MBMC mayor Geeta Jain had to take the decision for the eight-day ban.
The final decision will be taken on Friday, where MBMC would toe the state government’s decision. But the ban would likely last for two-days only, said sources. Narendra Mehta, the MLA from Bhayander said, “Last year, we had extended the duration of the ban from two days to eight days, and the issue was politicised. Now,the various trusts run by Jains are ready to compensate the butchers for the loss of business during the two-day ban. They will be paid Rs 3,000 each day for the loss. So we will make a voluntary appeal for the ban.”
Last year, though there was a ban on the sale of meat, fish was spared in Mira and Bhayander on the mayor’s orders.