Northeast Blues: Meghalaya BJP Leader Quits Party in Protest of Cattle Ban

The same BJP leader who had announced a Beef party to celebrate 3 years of Modi Rule, from Meghalaya has resigned from the party in protest against the Centre's new rule that bans cattle trade for slaughter. Bernard Marak, a leader from Garo hills, had hit the headlines earlier this week by promising cheap beef to people if the party ever came to power. Assembly elections in the hill state, where beef is staple, is due early next year.  

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Bachu C Marak is seen in this photo. (Photo: Facebook)

"I have decided to quit the party because I am a Christian and Garo first," Mr Marak said today. "The BJP is hurting sentiments here on the beef issue. Tribal society has its own laws. The BJP is trying to push Hindutva."

While Mr Marack was the only one to make such a promise, the other party leaders did not appear too enthusiastic about the new Central rule. Calling Mr Marak's opinion's his own, state BJP chief Shibun Lyndoh said they were not "against people having beef".

"Total beef ban is something that even people here do not support," he said, adding what was required in the state were regulations and hygienic slaughter houses.



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