Second BJP leader in Meghalaya quits over cattle slaughter rules

Bachu Marak, the BJP leader from the northeastern state of Meghalaya, had planned to hold a "beer and beef party" to mark three years of the government, but resigned over the new cattle trade rules. Only last week, the West Garo Hills district president Bernard N Marak had resigned after his beef party plan was vetoed by the central leadership.

Meanwhile, the party's Meghalaya in-charge Nalin Kohli while reacting to the resignation of Bachu C Marak called it a welcome move.

In his resignation letter, Bachu Marak wrote that like the Nakam bitchi (a dry fish recipe), beef is also part of their traditional food habits. "Imposition of BJP's non-secular ideology on us is not acceptable", Bachu said after resigning from the party. "These people were actively working to sabotage the prospects of our potential candidates for the state elections next year".

Two Indian states, Kerala in the south and West Bengal in the east, have already refused to implement the central government's ban.

Kohli, BJP's Meghalaya incharge, welcomed Marak's resignation saying action against him was already "in process".

Consumption of beef is common in much of the north eastern states and the saffron party, whose many leaders are vocal against beef-eating, has been accused by its rivals of working to impose a ban in the region as well.

Mr Kohli said that the BJP's single point agenda for Meghalaya is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.

After the rumours of BJP planning to ban beef in Meghalaya became widespread, the party termed these reports as "false and malicious untruth".

"Under our constitutional scheme; the Central Government can not encroach on the area of what a state government has to decide", said Kohli was allaying fears on a ban on beef. He accused the Congress of running away from a debate on its performance.

  • Leroy Wright