Yesterday, social media, news channels and print media were running the news that Bihar government has ordered the sealing of 7 illegal slaughterhouses in Rohtas district of Bihar. There were speculations made that Nitish Kumar is following the footsteps of Yogi Adityanath and 5 other BJP ruled states which have started a heavy crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses. Some even went to an extent of saying that Nitish Kumar is eyeing a comeback to the folds of NDA. However, the reality behind the news is different, which no media house showed.
The 7 slaughterhouses in Rohtas district were sealed by the police , were running illegally. The decision to seal them was not a decision voluntarily taken by Nitish Kumar government. Infact, it was Patna High court which had passed an order last week asking the state government to seal the illegal slaughterhouses running in various districts of Bihar at the earliest. So, the crackdown was because of Patna High Court order.
A few months back, Bharatiya Janata Party which is in opposition in Bihar, had raised the issue of illegal slaughterhouses running across the state. The opposition (BJP) also demanded that the Nitish Kumar government must take immediate steps to close the illegal slaughterhouses or face protest. While raising the issue in the Bihar Assembly, Bihar BJP leaders shouted slogans against Nitish led state government and warned them to close down almost 150 illegal slaughter houses in the state.
Hence, it is not Nitish Kumar’s ghar-wapasi or love for Hindutva behind the sealing of illegal slaughterhouses. It is the order of honorable High Court and the massive protest by Bihar legislative assembly members of BJP which has resulted in crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in Bihar. Patna High Court has given time of 6 weeks to Bihar Government to shut down all the illegal slaughterhouses in the state, and hence the government has no option but to follow the orders.