Several Saturday night, several former BJP members organize a beef festival in Meghalaya Tura, protesting the decision of the government of the Union controlled by its old party to ban the trade of cattle for the massacre.
The event, attended by 2,000 people, will include portions of meat dishes and alcohol consumption, opposed by people who follow the Hindutva ideology shared by BJP members. Hindus consider the cow a sacred animal.
“I came out of the BJP when the party was trying to impose the Hindutva ideology on us.” We feel out of place at the party. Beef consumption is part of our tradition and our group is our way of showing how beef is Intrinsic to our culture, “said Bernard N Marak, BJP district president in the West Garo Hills before his resignation last week.
The predominant religion is Meghalaya Christianity and meat consumption is common. Since the government has ordered banning of livestock trade last month, a number of leaders and about 5,000 members of the Garo hills of Meghalaya BJP left the party.
Four days after Bernard Bachu C Marak, president of the northern district of the Garo Hills, also quit smoking BJP. And the resignations of about 5,000 youth workers were followed. On Saturday, two former BJP leaders, hundreds of people who have left the party and their friends and family will gather in Tura, West Garo Hills, to consume beef and “Bitchi” a local drink.
“There will be music, food and parties, we intend to start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until late.
The events are seen as bad news for the BJP before the Assembly elections next year. The Garo Hills region has 24 of the 60 seats in the assembly and is crucial for planning meetings to expel the government from Congress.
But the BJP leaders in the state and the Center do not seem upset by the beef challenge. They say that deserters are opportunists and give up because their chances of getting tickets for the match in the assembly polls were slim.
“We welcome the resignations. There is nothing to fear because we talk about the general ban on the cow slaughter, said Shibun Lyngdoh, party party chairman.
Notification Center sparked rumors in Nagaland and Mizoram. It is expected that the mounting surveys in both countries next year and, like Meghalaya, the two states have dominant Christian population and meat consumption is common.
According to data published by the National Organization of the Survey sample (NSSO) in 2015, seven of the eight states in the region (except Tripura) were among the 10 consumer states consuming beef / buffalo in the country.
Meghalaya has surpassed the list with almost 81% of the total population that consume beef and buffalo. The figure of Nagaland was 57% and 23% for Mizoram.