Panaji: After the High Court's interim order stopping butchering at the state-run slaughterhouse, the opposition parties in Goa on Wednesday targeted the BJP-led state government for the current meat shortage in the state.
The court had pointed out irregularities at the state-run Goa Meat Complex Ltd (GMCL) and asked authorities to stop slaughtering until further orders.
"The petitioner against the slaughterhouse in the High Court has connived with the advocate general on behalf of the state government, resulting in the ban on beef production," Congress legislator Aleixo Lourenco Reginaldo said reporters on Wednesday.
He stated that the petitioner, Hanumant Parab, who represents the Govansh Raksha Abhiyaan, is an office bearer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash Shirodkar said that if there are irregularities at GMCL, then they should be corrected instead of depriving people of food.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also joined chorus with the Congress to blame the state government for the current shortage of buffalo meat, which is called ‘beef’ in the state.
NCP Goa spokesman Trojan D'Mello told reporters on Wednesday that the BJP has joined hands with the petitioner to stop meat production in the state.
He claimed that the state government carried out irregularities at the GMCL which were used as a pretext by the petitioner to get an interim stay on slaughtering.
He accused the GMCL management, including its chairman Lyndon Monteiro, of being a BJP state government tool in executing this entire conspiracy.
The meat shortage hit the state after the High Court banned slaughtering at the GMCL, a fortnight ago.


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