While the ruling BJP Government has announced the beef ban few days ago which saw nationwide protests from various sections, their own turf seems to have been shaken when a BJP leader in Meghalaya has announced a beef party to celebrate three years of the Narendra Modi government, prompting the party to threaten to sack him.
The feast has been arranged in view of celebrating it the local way.
“Garo Hills BJP to organise bitchi-beef party to celebrate three years of Modi Government,” Bachu Chambugong Marak, president of the BJP’s North Garo Hills district, posted on his Facebook page. Bitchi is the Garo term for rice beer.
Several states, including Trinamul-ruled Bengal and Left-ruled Tripura, have said they would not implement the rules and coming from the own party man has created a major embarrassment for the BJP.
“The question of having a law on cow slaughter is to be decided by the state and not the Centre. Every state government that decides to have a law or not have a law has to keep in mind the local habits. In the Northeast, people eat beef, so the governments will have to bear that in mind,” said Nalin Kohli, BJP’s Meghalaya minder and Nationa Spokesperson.
When enquired about the post, Kohli said: “The district president… is going to be sacked. If he wants to leave the party, we will welcome it.”
Marak said referring to his post “We will organise the beef party because beef is our traditional food. We, the Garo people, cannot live without eating beef.” He continued further saying “We will automatically quit the party if the leadership cannot solve the issue. But if the party can solve the problem, we will remain in the party. There will be no support for the party in the Garo hills if it bans beef.”