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Gujarat: Non-veg stalls will be removed from the road, the logic of the administration – religious sentiments of Hindus are being hurt by this

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The Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Vadodara and Rajkot municipal corporations have asked shopkeepers and hawkers to shun non-vegetarian food, including eggs. Corporation officials argue that religious sentiments of Hindu people are hurt by showing non-vegetarian food. Now politics has started regarding this. From the opposition to human rights organizations have come forward against this decision.

Gujarat’s Vadodara and Rajkot municipal corporations have said in an order that non-vegetarian food hanging on public roads hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus. The smoke emanating from it is a health hazard as well as these stalls create traffic jams. That’s why they should move away from the main road.

48 hours after Rajkot Mayor Pradeep Dao passed the directive and launched a campaign, Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) Standing Committee Chairman Hitendra Patel also issued verbal instructions to the civic body if they do not cover their belongings properly. If keeping, remove all non-veg stalls on the roadside within 15 days.

Talking to reporters, Hitendra Patel said, “Public display of meat, fish, eggs hurts religious sentiments. This should not be visible.” He said that instructions have been given in this regard. He said that this practice may have continued for decades, but now the time has come to stop it.

The VMC’s directive was inspired by a similar directive by Rajkot Mayor Pradeep Dao on November 9, to ban the sale of non-veg food in hawking zones. Pradeep Dao said, seeing non-vegetarian food hanging on the road hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus.

The RMC staff has already removed non-veg food stalls and kiosks at Phulchhab Chowk, Limbda Chowk and Shastri Maidan. When asked about this, Dao told reporters on Friday, “We are only removing encroachments from the main roads. They create nuisance, create traffic jams and hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.”

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Both the municipal corporations have got the support of Gujarat Revenue Minister Rajendra Trivedi. He had claimed that the smoke and odor emanating from non-vegetarian food stalls was a health hazard. “The smoke and odor emanating from these non-veg stalls is a health hazard to the passers-by,” he said. He had said that the footpath is for the people, for these stalls. So these stalls and kiosks should be removed.

Opposition accused of snatching jobs from minorities

Amit Rawat, leader of opposition in VMC said, “No political party or government can decide who should eat what and where. In addition, a Street Vendors Act was passed in 2013 to ensure the hawkers have the right to livelihood as well as address other issues. But they don’t want to enforce it. Now they want to remove those sellers who are suffering for the last almost two years.”

At the same time, Arjun Modhwadia, former president of Gujarat Congress said, “This is yet another reflection of BJP’s contempt towards backward classes and minorities. They know that Dalits, Adivasis and minorities eat non-vegetarian. Besides, they live our lives.” I want to settle everything.”

On the other hand, human rights activist and eminent environmentalist from Vadodara Rohit Prajapati has asked, “Under what law and under which provision of the Constitution of India are they issuing these instructions? There is none. Actually, they are street vendors passed by the Parliament of India.” Violating the Act.”

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