A day after Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) staged protests and forcibly opened meat shops in Dadar, the ruling party in the Mumbai civic body, the Shiv Sena has demanded an inquiry against officials from the market department.
A circular was issued by the assistant commissioner of the markets department, stating that the sale of meat is prohibited in municipal markets for two days i.e. August 29th and September 5th, which is against last year’s HC order.
The MNS staged protests alleging that one community was being appeased at the cost of most Maharashtrians who are non-vegetarians. MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande was arrested after protesting by selling meat outside a municipal market at Dadar on Monday. The Sena which is in tussle with the MNS for Marathi votes in Mumbai on Tuesday took the civic administration to task over the shutting down of the meat market in Dadar that gave MNS an opportunity.
“Even after the high court order which stayed the ban on sale of meat last year, a BMC officer issued an illegal circular for closing down meat shops,” said Trushna Vishwasrao, leader of the house. “Why even after a clear order from HC, BMC issued a circular to ban sale of meat? Officers have clearly worked under pressure and appease few who wanted the ban,” said Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party leader.