Karnataka might Ban Halal Meat soon; Bill to be Introduced

Story Highlights
  • BJP member N. Ravikumar is taking initiative to bring the bill
  • He demands the certification of food should be done only by FSSAI
  • Sale of Halal meat without FSSAI certificate to be banned

Bengaluru: Karnataka might be boiled again regarding the ban on Halal meat. There is a possibility of a tussle between the ruling BJP government and the opposition Congress over the issue. A bill to ban halal meat is being brought during the ongoing session of the state assembly in Belagavi. BJP member in the Karnataka Legislative Council N. Ravikumar is taking the initiative to bring this bill. He says that certification of food items should not be done by any body other than FSSAI. The sale of Halal meat without an FSSAI certificate should be banned, he had said. 

The issue had also created unrest in March this year when Hindutva leaders called for a boycott of halal meat in the state during the Ugadi festival. A section of the BJP party wants to give legal recognition to it by passing a bill. Ravikumar plans to introduce it as a private member’s bill and has written to Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot about it. However, now they want to present it as a government bill. 

If the BJP government in Karnataka brings a government bill to ban halal meat, it could heat up the political atmosphere in the poll-bound state. BJP MLA N Ravikumar said that the party leadership is in favor of enacting a law to ban Halal meat. The Congress had vehemently opposed the BJP government during the last session over the anti-conversion bill. Now, the proposed Halal Meat Bill can become a cause of controversy again. 

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