However, BMC chief has agreed to a closure of 4 days during the festival
The BJP party along with a Jain trust, namely, Vishwa Mitra Trust Ahimsa Sangh has requested the BMC commissioner to ban Mumbai’s abattoirs from operating for eight days from September 10 to 17 due to their Paryushan festival.
A letter to this effect was submitted to BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta. Other organisations have also written to the municipal commissioner asking for ban on slaughtering of animals and butcher shops be kept closed.
BJP’s Manoj Kotak said, “We have applied for the ban for eight days and now the commissioner has sanctioned for four days, that is on September 10, 13, 17 and 18. Earlier, the ban was for two days which has been extended.”
The party wants this ban to be made an annual feature. The slaughter houses should remain closed during Paryushan as many Jains live in Mumbai and observe this festival. The commissioner has given a positive response.
According to Samajwadi Party corporator in the BMC Rais Shaikh, “This is all nothing but vote bank politics. The government is biased.”