A few days after Yogi Adityanath took charge as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, and issued proclamations that his government would prosecute the “malfeasants” engaged in the running of illegal slaughterhouses, and harassing women on the streets.
After the BJP government came to power in Uttar Pradesh and Yogi Adityanath took oath as the chief minister of the state, the police and the bureaucracy were asked to shut down the illegal slaughterhouses in the state, which they have duly done over the past few weeks. However, in the urge to implement the ‘rules’ by the book, the state government has ended up encouraging the bureaucracy to exploit the call for implementation for ‘law and order’ by forcing even regular and license-holding meat sellers to cough up exorbitant amounts of money in bribes to keep their shops open.
The negligence of the local authorities was taken advantage of by political leaders from the BJP over the years. A riot-like situation was created in Meerut in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 when rumors of bloodied water coming out of hand pumps located around slaughterhouses started doing the rounds in the district. BJP leaders took to the streets alleging that the abattoirs had been draining blood into the ground in order to push residents away from around their centers. The issue also took religious turn as the MDA received complaints of Muslims deliberately trying to ‘insult’ Hindus, which in turn helped the BJP consolidate votes of Hindus in the Lok Sabha elections.
SOURCE- THE INDIAN EXPRESS(IDEAS PAGE)
BY: ANSHUL AHUJA