In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Sanjay Jha, Spokesperson, Congress; Rahul Narvekar, Spokesperson & MLC, NCP; Saba Naqvi, Political Editor, Outlook; Dr Sudhanshu Trivedi, National Spokesperson, BJP & Political Advisor to Rajnath Singh; Dr Manisha Kayande, Spokesperson, Shiv Sena; Adv Sanjeev Punalekar, Speaker & Advisor, Sanatan Sanstha; and Asaduddin Owaisi, President & MP, Lok Sabha, AIMIM -- discuss the issue of Maharashtra CM clarifying that slaughter ban is only on cows, and not for other meat, and whether the Fadnavis retracted under pressure.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today (Apriul 7, 2015) sought to defuse the row over the statement of the state Advocate General on cow slaughter ban, saying the beef ban will not be extended to any other meat. As the purported remarks by Advocate General Sunil Manohar before the Mumbai High Court that the government might consider extending the ban to other animals as well triggered a controversy, Fadnavis said that according to the law officer his statement was "misinterpreted". "I have spoken to Advocate General. He has said that his statement in the court yesterday has been isinterpreted," Fadnavis said in the state Assembly. The Chief Minister's remarks came in the wake of the AG's response to the high court's query to the government as to why there is ban on slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks only and not to any other animals like goats. Raising the issue in the House, members from BJP ally Shiv Sena, Arjun Khotkar and Sunil Prabhu, sought to know the state's stand on the high court's query to the government. Earlier, Sunil Prabhu (Sena) said the AG's statement had created confusion in the minds of people. The beef ban has already sparked protests from political and cultural groups, alleging it amounted to encroachment on individual choices and eating habits of large sections of people, especially the minority communities. Chaotic scenes were witnessed in the state Legislative Council, as Opposition and Shiv Sena members opposed the AG's statement.
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