AIZAWL, June 12 - Braving the rains, a large number of people turned up to enjoy a beef feast in Aizawl today that coincided with the visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Organised by Zolife Group, with the support of students� organisations, the beef feast billed Beef Ban Bashing Banquet, was in protest against the Centre�s notification on slaughter of cows.
�The ban on slaughter of cows indirectly means banning of eating beef. How can we eat beef if slaughter of cattle is prohibited? India is a secular State where different religious groups exist. The Central Government cannot impose anything based on a particular religious belief,� said Lalmuanpuia Punte, a former North East Students Organisation leader, and one of the organisers. Despite incessant rains since morning, the beef feast was attended by more than 700 people.
�We prepared 80 kgs of beef for the feast. We are extremely sorry that we could not feed all those who came to attend the feast,� Remruata Varte, one of the organisers, said.
Varte explained that Zolife group is, a group of friends who comprise of businessmen, writers, journalists, social workers and government employees. �No political party is involved in the beef feast,� he said.
Slamming the Centre�s notification on slaughter of cattle, former Mizoram unit BJP president VF Lalzarliana, who attended the beef feast, said, �This new rule is a blatant violation of the rights of citizens to eat what they wish and want. This new rule will hugely affect the agrarian society of our State and also our country�s secularism.�