RAJASTHAN: After Mumbai witnessed a major uproar over the meat ban for four days during the Jain festival Paryushan, it is now Rajasthan that has declared a ban on sale of meat and fish for three days on Thursday.
The Rajasthan government issued an order in this regard to ban the sale of meat and fish on September 17, 18 and 27.
The move comes even as the ban imposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in Mumbai sparked a row with parties such as Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) taking to the streets opposing the order.
The ban covering mutton and chicken would be enforced on four days including September 10, 13, 17 and 18, the order said. It excludes fish and eggs in Mumbai and is also extended to private businesses selling raw meat.
The ban on meat sale during ‘Paryushan’ has been in force since 1964. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra and Rajasthan has maintained that the decision to ban meat during the Jain festival has been taken by the civic bodies and the Maharashtra government has nothing to do with it. 
Earlier, commenting on the ban, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “Jains are a backbone of our Hindu society and there is no harm in getting vegetarian for them for few days. In my opinion, non-vegetarian food is unhealthy and brings a lot of diseases. We obviously cannot force anyone to turn vegetarian but certainly can suggest people to be one.” (Also Read: Meat ban for four days in Mumbai: Non-Vegetarian food is unhealthy, brings several diseases, says Subramanian Swamy)