BEEF BAN DEBATE
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Jan 30: The Congress will use the issue of beef ban to whip the opposition especially the BJP during their campaign in the run-up to the Meghalaya Assembly polls. “Yes the issue of beef ban will be an issue in the upcoming polls in Meghalaya,” Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Shillong Vincent H Pala said.
“Beef ban was never lifted by the Centre but it was put on hold by the Court,” Pala added. He also said that he had written to the Centre registering his protest against the ban on beef. In his petition, Pala has urged Prime Minister rendra Modi to lift the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets in tribal and beef consuming States like Meghalaya. Pala had said that the Prime Minister should exempt applications of the new livestock rules banning cow slaughter and livestock trade in tribal and beef-consuming States like Meghalaya.
In a petition to the Prime Minister, Pala had urged that formal views from all State Governments should also be taken into consideration to review the rules and allow implementation of the same with State-wise necessary notifications.
Earlier, AICC State Coorditor in-charge of Elections in Meghalaya, Yashomita Thakur without ming the BJP said that at present rules are being imposed on what one should eat and how one should dress. It may be mentioned last year BJP leader lin Kohli had blamed the Congress for spreading rumours about beef ban.
Meanwhile, on the disappointment expressed by aspirants who did not get the Congress ticket, the members of the Pradesh Congress Committee said that such things were expected. “Every time, such things happen. We cannot satisfy everybody,” Pradesh Congress Committee working president James Lyngdoh said. Pala said that survey was conducted on the win-ability of the ticket aspirants and the best among the lot were allotted tickets. The Shillong MP also denied reports that he was in the fray for the Khliehriat seat. “I am not going to hide if I am planning to contest the upcoming elections,” Pala said.