FROM A CORRESPPONDENT
Tura, June 14: The Congress party today staged a protest at Williamgar in East Garo Hills against rendra Modi led NDA government for its attempt to ban beef with the regulation on cruelty to animal act which forbids sale of cattle at animal market for slaughter.
Education minister Deborah Marak, parliamentary secretaries Cherak Momin and Sengm Marak led a crowd of over 2000 to march the streets of Williamgar and chanted anti-Modi and anti-tiol People’s Party slogan for the regulations, which they term, was “infringement of the fundamental rights of the citizens”.
They alleged that the move of the Centre is motivated by the Hindutva ideology and to create rift amongst the society.
“Garos and many other communities in India eat beef. Those who consume meat do not belong to any particular religion. Modi government has interfered with people’s right to eat. Our government has passed a resolution opposing the centre’s notification. We have to send out the message to the centre that people of Garo Hills will not tolerate such actions of the Central government,” said Deborah Marak.
The central notification has turned out to be a major political issue in Garo Hills ahead of 2018 election with Congress leader slamming tiol People’s Party (NPP), an ally of the NDA.
“BJP is making an attempt to make their inroad in Garo Hills with its partner NPP. We have to be alert and stop their movement and political vendetta,” said Cherak Momin.
NPP chief and Tura Lok Sabha MP Conrad Sangma expressed reservation on the notification and had written to the Prime Minister arguing against the new regulation.
On Monday, the Meghalaya Assembly unimously passed a resolution opposing the centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and demanded its withdrawal, as it would ‘impact the economy of the state and the food habits of its people’.