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‘No ban on cow slaughter in N-E’

SHILLONG: BJP national general secretary and former RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav on Wednesday asserted that the BJP-led NDA Government does not intend to ban cow slaughter in the North East region.
Speaking to media persons here on Wednesday, Ram Madhav said ban on cow slaughter has been in place since long in many states but the Union government was not proposing to ban cow slaughter in the North East due to the demographic situation.
Some states have banned cow slaughter based on certain socio-economic factors, he said, adding that the centre would review the same and take    appropriate action.
Asked about the alleged Ghar Wapsi (forced conversion) programme by hardcore Hindu wings, he said, “India is a country of a numbers of religions and pluralism exists in its heart.”
“The government will ensure that every religion and community lives in peace, safety and security,” he said.
On the prospects of the BJP in the Northeastern region, he said that the party was becoming stronger in the region.
Asserting that the BJP and the Government was focused on development of the region, he said that the party will support the government’s initiatives to strengthen the economy of the region by creating avenues for better connection with the neighbouring countries.
Asked for his opinion on the ‘beef party’ protest organised in the city against the visit of BJP national president Amit Shah, he said, “Anybody can protest in a democratic country but their reasons for   protest is misplaced. BJP is committed to unity and integrity of the country.”

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