Now that the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has banned goat sacrifice in open, would other states follow? HW News brings you reactions from across party lines
Uttar Pradesh government has denied permission of animal slaughter in open in the state. The Yogi Adityanath-government has also prohibited selfies during the animal sacrifice.
In a video conference with district magistrates, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed police and administration to ensure sacrifice of animals on Bakr-Eid was not done in the open, and that blood and offal are not dumped in open drains, so that religious sentiments of other communities is not hurt. The government also asked the officials to take action against those flouting the rules.
A trend has emerged in the last few years where on Eid-al-Adha social media gets flooded with selfies featuring animals before and after the sacrifice.
Now that the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has banned goat sacrifice in open, would other states follow? HW News brings you reaction from across party lines:
Sheshadri Chari, BJP NEC Member:
“The Sacrifice of goats during Eid is, in my opinion, a very welcoming suggestion from the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. Not only UP, gradually other states also should move towards banning goat sacrifice out in open, in fact, the sacrifice of animals either in kamakhya temple in Assam or sacrifice of goats for Eid are equally bad. If we cannot create life we have no right to take away a life either, the idea of sacrifice of animals is a substitute for a sacrifice which has been prescribed in Islam, Hinduism and in many other religions, so the practice of sacrificing animals as a token of sacrificing something that is dear to you is absolutely bad, obnoxious & very illogical but at the same time this practice of sacrificing animals cannot be done away with, only through legislation or government fiats can this act be abolished and educating the people on giving up the practise animal sacrifices in temples an which can be done by Hindu religious leaders similarly Muslim clerics and religious leaders should inculcate a habit of giving up this practice of sacrificing animals for Eid.this can be best done at social, cultural & religious level rather than administrative, government or at legal level.”
Swami Chakrapani, Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha chief:
“The sacrifices should definitely not be open and the ritual of animal sacrifice is a private affair irrespective of any religion and should be kept that way. In my opinion, what Mr Yogi Adityanath has done is absolutely right and as a Chief Minister, he has to make sure that the sentiments of common people should not be hurt irrespective of their religion and the freedom to celebrate their own respective festivals. The government in Uttar Pradesh does not cater to only one religion but understands the region’s diversity and emotions of the people there so it is a Chief Minister’s responsibility to look after the state and its people and Mr Yogi Adityanath is rightfully doing so. The declaration of the ban to me is a right decision taken by him.”
Shaan Illahi, Congress Spokesperson:
“This festival of Eid-al- Adha for Muslim community is dedicated to sacrificing of goats. This particular festival is not two or three years old but it has continued since centuries now. Firstly Yogi Adityanath and BJP should clear the issue, where Sangeet Som, a leader of BJP is running a slaughterhouse then for political votes why are they diverging to Hindu & Muslim issue. They(BJP) first and foremost should look into their own interests before pointing fingers at others so if they are taking up an issue like this one before elections, they must clear their own stand and clarify why a person like Sangeet Som an MLA from Muzaffar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh from their own party is running a slaughterhouse. Why are they allowing such an act and not protecting holy cows, it is their strategy before 2019 general elections to bring up again a sensitive issue like religion. The high court has asked for a ban on slaughter houses but has not stopped anyone from celebrating their religious festivals in their own way. Yogi Adityanath supports ‘Hindutva’ as an ideology and not any religion or any particular community.”
Nawab Malik, NCP Spokesperson:
“It is nothing they are just giving statements. Before UP Elections, Mr Amit Shah said, the day BJP will come to power in Uttar Pradesh, there will be no slaughterhouses in the state. But UP has more slaughterhouses, having been the exporter of beef. He is just making statements to polarize the society and get a political mileage out of it. As far as Eid is concerned, people are following the religious practice and slaughtering goats in their houses.”