Even as resentment against ban on slaughter of animals and sale of meat on religious occasions is gathering pace across the country, Bengaluru has decided to join the bandwagon.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the civic body of the IT city, issued a circular on Tuesday, banning the sale of meat for a day in view of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The prohibition will be implemented only for a single day on September 17.
But, according to officials, this is not the first time the city is implementing a meat ban. The ban has reportedly been around for five years. Each year, meat is not sold on five or six days including Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on October 2.
"The urban development department issues a set of days when liquor or meat should be banned in the city and the civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issues the related orders," Kantharaju L, assistant director (animal husbandry), BBMP told Times of India.
Kantharaju said that Maha Shivaratri, Sarvodaya Day, Sri Rama Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Buddha Poornima, Ambedkar Jayanthi, Mahaveer Jayanthi and Krishna Janmashtami are the other occasions when the meat ban will be in place.
The issuance of ban comes a day after a four-day meat ban imposed in Mumbai during the Jain fasting period was reduced to one day by the city's civic body and finally put on hold by a court amid protests by political parties including the ruling BJP's ally Shiv Sena, and a huge debate online.
States like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Chhattisgarh have also banned the sale of meat for the Jain fasting period.