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BJPs double standards: Party assures that it won't ban beef if it wins elections in Northeastern states
The Bharatiya Janata Party which had just recently launched a major crackdown of illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh after coming to power in the state, while exhibiting double standards has announced a major policy shift for Northeastern states.

Although banning consumption of beef and cow slaughter have been top on the Saffron Party's agenda in virtually every state that it has formed governments in, but it seems that a surprise win in Manipur Assembly election has raised the party's hopes and aspiration in the region and it is now eyeing the upcoming Assembly elections in three more Northeastern states namely Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram that go to polls next year.

These three Northeastern states have a Christian majority population and eating beef is an integral part of their cuisine and culture. The BJP has assured that it won't be implementing a UP-like ban on cow slaughter in the Northeast.

Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, "Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won't take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that."

"There would be no ban on cow slaughter in Mizoram and other states in the region where there is a majority Christian population," Mizoram BJP president JV Hluna said.

While BJP is a part of the coalition in the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) in the state, both Mizoram and Meghalaya are under Congress' rule.

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