Namaz on Roads Illegal, But Meat Sale Banned for Kanwar Yatra: Owaisi Slams BJP’s Duplicity

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A First Information Report was registered in Kanpur against 40 persons who offered namaz on the street on the occasion of the recent Eid-ul Adha.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and member of parliament from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday came down heavily on the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government over its decision to ban the sale of meat on the routes earmarked for the annual Kanwar Yatra.

The prohibitory orders were issued by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued while chairing a review meeting with senior officials, including police commissioners, divisional commissioners, district magistrates and superintendents of police.

Owaisi remarked that while namaz on roads was made illegal and FIRs were registered against Muslims for it, a ban on meat shops for the Kanwar Yatra was also imposed in the name of ‘religious sentiments’ and is a ‘shameful thing’.

“If you offer namaz on the road, an FIR is registered, but for the Kanwar Yatra, meat shops are being covered and closed. Taking away the right to employment in the name of “religious sentiments” is a shameful thing. @narendramodi Isn’t there “two laws in one country”? Your talk of “equal citizenship” is hypocrisy,” Owaisi said in a tweet.

A First Information Report was registered in Kanpur against 40 persons who offered namaz on the street on the occasion of Eid-ul Adha, going against government directions.

Also, more than 2,000 people were booked in three FIRs for offering namaz without permission on a road outside the Eidgah in Kanpur in the month of April during Eid-ul Fitr.

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