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Mnp BJP supports Assam’s Cattle Preservation Bill

DIMAPUR, JUL 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/17/2021 1:52:44 PM IST

Manipur BJP, in a press statement by its spokesperson Wilubou Newmai, stated that the Assam Cattle Preservation Bill - 2021 introduced by Assam Government is not a threat to the Northeast region and “not detrimental to the inherent trade and deprive the food habits of the indigenous people of NE region.” 

Taking cognizance that the Congress party from different Northeastern states have opposed the introduction of Assam Cattle Preservation Bill - 2021 calling it is a threat to the whole Northeast region, Newmai maintained that the Bill is not a threat to peaceful co-existence rather this Bill will help in ushering a new era of communal harmony in Northeast India. 

Pointing out that Assam’s culture encourages cow protection and Assamese people have a special/dedicated day for cows during Bihu, Newmai stated, “ The people of Assam want to live in a complete harmony, so if the consumption of beef is an irritant to some other communities, why not ban it.” 

“Assam has a long tradition of respecting each other sentiment. Many Muslims do not consume beef because it will affect the religious sentiments of other religious communities. So this Bill will not create any communal tension rather it will help in creating communal harmony,” the Manipur state BJP spokesperson added. 

Newmai said that there is no need to fear or worry about the Bill and it It will not go against other NE states which Congress believes that it will snatch away the livelihood of cattle traders Assam being the entry points of most NE states. 

“Cattle transport from other neighbouring states can also be allowed if they issue valid permit for transportation of cattle. There is a need to have similar Cattle Preservation Bill in every state of the country where different religious communities live together to create communal harmony,” Newmai said. 

The Bill was tabled in the assembly of Assam recently. It provides that the sale of beef or its products will not be allowed in areas that have a predominant population of Hindus, Sikhs and other non-beef-eating communities or within a radius of 5 km of any temple, satra (Vaishnavite Monastery).

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