Hindutva rise in India: Indian state announced plans to ban halal meat
Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday made a plan to introduce a law to ban halal meat.
The controversy of banning halal meat started at the Ugadi festival. Many Hindu organizations including the Hindu Jagruti Samiti, Shri Ram Sena, Bajrang Dal took to the streets in Karnataka protesting and demanded not to buy halal meat from Muslim shops.
The government of Karnataka has now prepared to bring a bill against Halal meat in the state. Its proposal has been prepared. The CM and his rule is likely to introduce it in the House during the assembly session on Monday.
At the same time, the opposition has accused the BJP government of the state of playing the Hindutva card before the elections. BJP’s MLA Ravikumar has demanded FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) to ban things other than certified food items. Since the political atmosphere in the state is already hot regarding the hijab ban, now the opposition has got a new issue about the halal meat ban.
For the unversed, the controversy over halal meat started with the Ugadi festival. There was a demand by many political parties not to buy halal meat from Muslim shops. Shops selling meat were also asked to remove Halal meat from their display boards.