Indian metropolis to take away non-vegetarian meals stalls from essential roads

New Delhi, India – Authorities in Ahmedabad have ordered the removing of non-vegetarian meals stalls from its essential roads – the fourth metropolis within the western Indian state of Gujarat to take action in latest days.

In an order on Monday, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation stated it would take away stalls promoting non-vegetarian meals gadgets from town’s essential roads in addition to inside the 100-metre (330 toes) radius of faculties, schools and spiritual locations.

Devang Dani, chairman of the company’s city planning committee, instructed information company ANI that the execution of the order will begin on Tuesday.

The restriction got here days after municipal firms in Gujarat’s Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Junagadh cities, led by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), took comparable measures.

Shoppers throng a market space between Teen Darwaza and Bhadrakali Temple forward of the Hindu pageant of Diwali in Ahmedabad [Sam Panthaky/AFP]

Gujarat, one of many wealthiest states of India, is the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who served as its chief minister for nearly 13 years earlier than he received the nationwide elections in 2014.

The civic administration in Vadodara and Rajkot even ordered the shopkeepers and hawkers to cowl non-vegetarian meals, together with eggs, saying it might “hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus”.

It additionally acknowledged that smoke emanating from such locations might trigger public well being hazards.

“The practice of displaying meat, fish, and eggs at stalls might have continued for several years but it was time to end it,” Vadodara Municipal Corporation standing committee’s chairman Hitendra Patel was quoted as saying, in response to native media stories.

Gujarat’s present Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Monday stated the prohibition was not a “question of vegetarian and non-vegetarian” meals gadgets.

“People are free to eat whatever they want. But the food being sold at stalls should not be harmful and the stalls should not obstruct traffic flow,” he instructed reporters.

BJP spokesman in Gujarat, Yamal Vyas, claimed the selections have been taken by the respective municipal places of work and never his social gathering.

“It’s not the BJP’s decision. It’s a decision by the respective municipal corporation … Party as a whole has not taken any stand on this issue,” he instructed Al Jazeera.

“Only thing is that all these stalls should not be a hindrance to the traffic … BJP does not object to non-vegetarian food per se. We object to food which is not very hygienic.”

The opposition Congress social gathering stated the BJP needs to “divert the attention of people” from the primary points, together with unemployment and worth rise.

“BJP has failed on the promises it made to people – be it employment or clean water. The main agenda of the BJP is to create polarisation by raising such non-issues,” Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi instructed Al Jazeera.

Doshi stated the ban on non-vegetarian meals stalls in Gujarat’s cities was an “election gimmick” by the BJP to additional deepen the non secular divide within the state.

“It should be left to an individual what he wants to eat, drink and wear. It’s a personal choice and the government should not impose that on people. This [ban on non-vegetarian stall] is an election gimmick of the BJP,” Doshi stated.

“It is very dangerous for our democracy.”

Assembly elections in Gujarat, a BJP-governed state for greater than 25 straight years, are due subsequent 12 months.

Non-vegetarian eateries, particularly in BJP-governed states, have been going through rising stress from the social gathering and Hindu supremacist teams affiliated to it.

Shamshad Pathan, a politician belonging to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in Gujarat, instructed Al Jazeera the choice will damage the poor and referred to as it part of the BJP’s “hidden agenda” to profit multinational firms.

“A majority of vendors in Gujarat who sell non-vegetarian food are either Muslims, Dalits or Adivasis [Indigenous]. This is to target them and benefit the big corporations,” Pathan stated.