HYDERABAD: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has condemned the Gurugram Municipal Corporation’s decision to close meat shops in the city every Tuesday and demanded that the BJP government in Haryana and at the Centre should ensure that the order is withdrawn.
The elected body of Gurugram Municipal Corporation took a decision in which it stated that all the meat shops will be closed in the city, every Tuesday. The GMC did not plan this as a part of the meeting’s agenda but it came up later when some elected representatives spoke about “Hindu sentiments.”
The BJP should withdraw its decision as it will affect the income of all the meat sellers including non-Muslims. Owaisi tweeted: “how can beliefs get hurt by what other people are doing in their private lives? People buying, selling or eating meat, they are not forcing you to partake. By this logic, close alcohol shops on Fridays. Meat is food for Millions of Indians. Cannot treat it as something impure.”
Reacting sharply, Owaisi said is the country going to be run on the basis of faith or as per the Constitution? If it is faith, then he may demand liquor sale or its consumption to be banned on Friday. The faith of a particular community cannot be imposed on entire society having people of different faiths.
“Is it an attempt to wipe out the beauty of unity in diversity of the country or trying to turn the country into a theocratic state. Presently, we are not a theocratic state. Such decisions will spread hatred against non-vegetarians and set a bad precedent that could be followed in other parts of the country,” Owaisi said.
He went on to ask whether the municipal corporation can impose a ban on serving liquor in five-star hotels in Gurgaon. This is a city of economic growth having software companies and star hotels. Such an unconstitutional decision should be withdrawn immediately, he said,