The Raj Thackeray led MNS set up a stall to sell chicken meat as a symbolic protest also Shiv Sena workers tore off the civic body notices declaring the ban on meat for four days in Mumbai on September 10, 13, 17 and 18, when members of Jain community observe religious fast.
A similar ban has also been imposed by the neighbouring Mira-Bhayander and Navi Mumbai municipal corporations. While the BJP defended the ban, its ally Shiv Sena as well as opposition MNS and Congress and the NCP have vehemently opposed it, alleging the move as a BJP ploy to polarize voters and appease a section of society before the crucial MCGM polls in early 2017.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his party would ensure that there was no ban on sale of meat. Despande said the party would set up meat stalls across the city on all the days of the ban. BJP leaders, however, defended the decision holding that this had been there for long and it was wrong to blame the party led state Government.


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