Shut Deonar ab­ba­toir for 8 days for Gan­pati, Paryushan, says BJP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetna Yerunkar

MUM­BAI: De­spite the flak it re­ceived last year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again de­manded the city abat­toir at Deonar re­main shut not just dur­ing Paryushan Parv — a fast­ing pe­riod ob­served by the Jain com­mu­nity — but also dur­ing Ganesh fes­ti­val — for four days each.

Last year, the party de­manded clos­ing the abat­toir for eight days. Most of the meat con­sumed in Mum­bai comes from the abat­toir.

Pa r y u s h a n Pa r v s t a r t s from Au­gust 29 and ends on Septem­ber 6. The Ganesh fes­ti­val be­gins on Septem­ber 5.

BJP MLA Raj Puro­hit has writ­ten to civic chief Ajoy Me­hta stat­ing the de­mands.

Last year, a ma­jor con­tro­versy broke out be­tween the BJP and its al­liance part­ner, the Shiv Sena, in the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) – the former pushed for shut­ting slaugh­ter houses for eight days.

Be­fore that, the abat­toir would be shut for four days – two days as per the civic body’s res­o­lu­tion and two days as per the state’s GR.

Fol­low­ing the BJP’s de­mand of eight days, how­ever, an irked Sena and other Op­po­si­tion par­ties forced the can­cel­la­tion of the civic body’s res­o­lu­tion, which al­lowed shut­ting Deonar abat­toir only for two days. Last year, it was Puro­hit and an­other BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar who had met the civic chief de­mand­ing the eight-day ban.

The Sena said it will not sup­port the de­mand this year ei­ther.

Trushna Vish­was­rao, leader of the House and Sena cor­po­ra­tor, said, “Ac­cord­ing to the state’s res­o­lu­tion, the slaugh­ter houses will be shut for two days. But we will no­tal­lowadding more­days.There has been no prac­tice of shut­ting abat­toirs dur­ing Ganeshot­sav ex­cept on the first day.”

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