The BJP’s election manifesto had promised to shut down all illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh, and two were already shut within a week after Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister. From media giving it a communal colour to people questioning about the livelihood of the meat traders in the state, a lot is being said about the decision. [10 Key decisions that UP CM Yogi Adityanath has taken so far!]
Lucknow’s famous Tunday Kababi had to shut down for a day due to unavailability of kebabs, and are now selling chicken kebabs instead of buffalo meat after Adityanath ordered a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses and meat traders.
Uttar Pradesh is the largest meat-producing state of India and while meat traders went on a strike, protesting against the closure of butcher’s shops and slaughterhouses considered illegal, a Muslim man in Lucknow gives a different angle to the story.
The owner of Naushijaan, a famous non-vegetarian restaurant chain, Shamim Shamsi said that the owners of the illegal slaughterhouses had asked all the hotels serving non-vegetarian food to support them in the fight against the government, but he denied. Why? Because he thinks that banning the illegal ones is a great idea.
The owner, who is a Muslim himself, said that the illegal butchers have made several colonies smelling by opening slaughterhouses in their homes. He said –
‘There have been several complaints about slaughtering of dead and diseased animals in these illegal slaughterhouses and that they were supplying the meat which can harm your health. But nothing was done about them. If the government is taking a step against it, I support it.’
In an interview he gave to Internet Hindu, he said that the people who are giving it a communal angle, are wrong, because most of the slaughterhouses are owned by Hindus, and not Muslims. Therefore, it cannot be a conspiracy against Muslims.
Watch what he said exactly –
What do you think?