Meghalaya on Monday passed a resolution against the ban on cattle slaughter thus joining Kerala in protesting the ban against the sale of cattle for slaughtering purposes. The move comes after two BJP heavyweights in Meghalaya resigned in protest of the Centre’s decision. Currently ruled by Congress, the state is scheduled to go to polls in 2018. The resolution, moved by the state’s Congress government, was passed during a special day-long session of the assembly to approve the GST bill.
There has been considerable opposition in Meghalaya against Narendra Modi government’s notification on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017. The ruling Congress, opposition parties—United Democratic Party, Hill State People’s Democratic Party—and even National People’s Party, which is part of NDA government in Centre, have opposed the notification. It is to be seen what will be the ramifications of this decision and whether it can hurt the prospects of BJP in the Assembly election next year.