25 January 2016
In yet another controversy, AIMIM party chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that a ban on sale of beef and consumption may be imposed in Hyderabad if AIMIM was not voted to power in the upcoming election to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)
“I am not trying to scare you. But, the fact is if we don’t come to power, there may be a scope for ban on beef (in Hyderabad) on pretext of faith,” the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader said in Hyderabad.
Asaduddin addressed a public meeting ahead of the February 2 election to the 150-member civic body, the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad said such a ban will hit the poor and also beef traders hard as it happened in Maharashtra.
“There is a ban on cow slaughter all over. In Maharashtra, the BJP-led Government brought a law to extend the ban on bulls and bullocks. Even if it (these animals) is ill you cannot slaughter it,” Owaisi said. Due to this many people, who are earlier dependent on beef trade have lost their livelihood, he said. “If someone else comes to power (in GHMC), it (beef ban) may become a reality.” It is the poor who cannot afford to eat mutton and they have to depend on beef, the MP added.
AIMIM is fighting without any coalition this time .It shared seats with congress in the last GHMC elections. AIMIM is of the opinion, not to lose their GHMC seats and wants to be a king maker in the decision of Mayor Post. Party thinks that GHMC seats are very important to have hold on the constituencies they already won.