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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

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Mumbai: A top Jain leaders’ delegation met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday and drew curtains on the controversy over meat ban in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra during the ongoing Paryushana festival.

After the Sunday afternoon meeting at his home ‘Matoshree’ in Bandra East, Thackeray briefed media, “As far as Shiv Sena is concerned, this controversy has ended. But we must find out how it all started and who is responsible for it?”

He pointed out that all these years, during Paryushana, the Jains’ holy festival of abstention, meat has always been banned in the city and there were no complaints from any quarters.

“Then, suddenly what happened this year? How has it erupted into this controversy and who is behind it all?” Thackeray wondered, after the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) banned animal slaughter and meat sale in the city for four days.

Following a public outcry from most political parties, including the Shiv Sena, the BMC climbed down and reduced the ban to two days.

Nevertheless, signalling that the party’s stance remains unchanged on the issue, Thackeray made it clear that people of all faiths- Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jains- must observe their religion within the limits of their homes.

Thackeray said, “Nobody must enforce their religious tenets on the people of other faiths and keep it to the confines of their respective homes.”

He pointed out that India is a multi-religious country with people from different faiths, it can become strong and prosper only if they all live unitedly without imposing their beliefs on each other.

Sunday’s meeting, organised by diamond merchant and film producer Bharat Shah, came in the wake of a hunger strike launched by Jain monks in adjoining Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation area in Thane district, where the civic body imposed an eight-day ban on meat.

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The move was replicated in parts by the BMC, Navi Mumbai, Nashik and other civic bodies, leading to massive public outcry. It also drew displeasure from the Bombay High Court last week. The ban triggered some Jain leaders who openly opposed the ban critics.

The Shiv Sena and its rival Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) led by Raj Thackeray last week protested in Mumbai by selling mutton, chicken and fish on the days of the meat ban, challenging the authorities to take action against them.

With Inputs from IANS

Also read: Meat ban: Muslims say aye, Hindus say nay!

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It is too disgusting that Shiv Sena is aiming for something which was nothing but an act of betrayal. Here the principles and ethos of the party are just sacrificed. The “chair” of Chief Minister is what the individual parties in Maharashtra are wanting so badly. And for this only Shiv Sena has severed its ties with its all-time ally BJP which emerged with the largest number of MLAs. Is it not the BJP with which Sena made the alliance before the election? Why so much bitter feelings after the poll result? Many past elections were fought on this mutual understanding. Sena had always taken pride and bragged about its power and clout as because the BJP was behind it. But now very contrary equation and chemistry are on display. NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are sharing the ideas as opposed to the expectation of the whole electorate.

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One believes it’s Congress and its High common which Shiv Sena Supremo Late Bal Thackeray always disliked and ruthlessly held them up to ridicule. It was because they hold the opposing ideologies. But now his son Uddhav Thackeray kneeled down and sought the helping hand of those rival camps to walk the party through for the chair of Chief Minister. Going by the flood of comments on the social media, this party has ostensibly fallen from the grace. BJP is not a holy cow either. It is equally good at flexes its muscles for the power.

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While Maharashtra is already under the president rule, the NCP and Congress now exploring all possible means to back Shiv Sena.   Uddhav Thackeray only wants to see his son Aditya Thackeray being the Chief Minister of one of the riches states in the country. The trend is not at all healthy. Here everything is utterly clear that the cherished values of democracy in India are fast eroding. Majority of the states in the country, only the “particularly families” are  always standing up to rule the roost. This is a bigger threat to the fundamental values of the country.The NATION is no more controlled by the government of the people, nor is it for the people. It is the government of the particular families which is formed for the fulfillment of the low greed and narrow aspiration of those particular families. Lastly, it is the common people who are always at the receiving end of the leaders’ whims and tantrums. Phew, the country is not at all in the safe hands.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali