The Sena's stand came in the wake of Opposition Congress and NCP slamming yesterday's order by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) -- ruled by Sena and BJP – prohibiting meat sale for eight days from September 11 to 18 when the Jain community will observe fasting period 'Paryushan'.
According to the order, the ban would be enforced on four days - September 10, 13, 17 and 18.
The NCP-controlled Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation also announced its plan to suspend sale of meat till September 17 in view of 'Paryushan', though the party had yesterday joined the Congress in voicing reservation over it.
Later in the day, the medical health officer of the civic body clarified that the instruction issued to the meat-selling outlets was not to operate only today and on September 17.
Taking a strident position on the matter, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said, "We will ensure there is no ban on sale of meat for the eight days."
Interestingly, Sena is the dominant partner in MCGM where it shares power with BJP.
The BJP, which has pressed for the ban, held that the decision was taken by the civic bodies and the state government has no role in it.
The NCP had yesterday voiced reservation over the ban order, with the party along with Congress dubbing it as a BJP ploy to polarise voters with an eye on the elections to the civic body due in early 2017.

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