Maharashtra Congress unit accused BJP-led state government of “indulging in religious and social polarization”, with mosque heads being sent police notices, asking them not to speak against cow progeny slaughter ban.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Ashok Chavan, displayed a notice sent by a police inspector in Nanded to a local mosque asking it not to speak against the decision to ban cow progeny slaughter or the government or participate in protest morcha against the ban.
“What kind of a fatwa is this?” he asked and informed that the concerned police inspector had been transferred and the apology was tendered to the mosque authorities.
“Cow slaughter is in force in the state and no one is opposing it. Farmers, leather industry, pharma companies face certain issues due to the ban. It does not just pertain to a particular religion. The government has not given any alternative to cow progeny slaughter ban,” he said.
There are mixed opinions to the ban enforced by this government and those opposing it are entitled to their views.
“Does this mean you clamp down on opposing views?” he asked.