New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 : Citing an order passed by the National Green Tribunal in 2015, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday defended its decision to ban slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh and said the government has only been banning "illegal" slaughterhouses as per the guidelines of the order.
"The Uttar Pradesh Government has made it very clear that they are only taking action on those slaughter houses which are illegal.
There was a categorical guideline of national green tribunal 2015. The order was not implemented by previous Akhilesh Yadav government," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI.
Trivedi also assured that the government won't ban slaughter house which follows a proper guideline mentioned in the order and those who have proper license.
"Those who are having proper license and following the proper guideline they don't need to fear. But there is also one thing which is to be considered that there should be no politics on this, because of our government is working objectively just to follow the law and we are not going to harsh anybody those who are having proper legitimate license and following the proper guidelines," he added.
Earlier on Saturday Newly Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi said abattoirs operating legally will not be touched but action will be taken against those being run illegally.
Meat sellers across UP are on an indefinite strike from Monday against the crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses.
Fish vendors were also claimed to have resolved to join the stir which has seen non-vegetarian delicacies go off the menu in several parts of the state.