Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the Center won’t force any restrictions on individuals’ choice of food. The same assurance had been given before by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu following the criticism by a few states that the Center, through its new rules on cattle trade, was interfering in the people’s choice of food, which is a fundamental right.
The Home Minister was in Mizoram to go to a meeting of the Chief Ministers of four northeastern states to review security along the India-Myanmar border. His comment came amid a reaction to a media query regarding the Central rule, which bans buy and sale of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.
The northeastern states, where beef is staple, have already saw various protests by locals. In neighboring Meghalaya, two senior BJP leaders quit the party in protest against the rule. On Monday, the Meghalaya assembly passed a resolution against the run the rule. The opposition also voted in its favour.
In Mizoram, many individuals participated in a “beef party” organised by a local group which coincided with the home minister’s visit.
Braving heavy rains, more than 2,000 individuals assembled at the Vanapa Hall, only 200 meters from the Raj Bhavan, where Mr Singh presided the Chief Minister’s meeting.
“Prior, there was no objection to eating of beef. However, now, we see a conspiracy to deprive us of some of our basic rights.,” Remruata Varte from Zolfie, a local organisation which held the beef party, was cited as saying by a news office.