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Demand emerges for ban on sale of meat, liquor in Ayodhya

ANI | Updated: Nov 11, 2018 21:43 IST

Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Nov 11 (ANI): After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath changed the name of Faizabad district to Ayodhya, a demand for a ban on the sale of meat and liquor in the entire district has surfaced.
Speaking to ANI, Acharya Satyendra Das said that Ayodhya is a sacred place and meat and liquor was never sold in the city, adding that the proposed ban will lead to a healthier lifestyle.
"Ayodhya has been a sacred place for centuries, meat and liquor were never sold here. Now that Faizabad has been renamed as Ayodhya, the ban should be applicable to the whole district. The ban will end the impurity and pollution and evoke a feeling of purity. This ban will help people to be healthier,"
The demand has drawn support from other priests as well, one of whom, namely Dharmdas Pakshkar of Sri Hanuman Gadi Temple, has called for a ban on the sale of meat across the nation.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Iqbal Ansari, a key petitioner in the Babri Masjid case, said that the final decision will be taken by the government itself.
The proposal to ban meat and alcohol has received a mix response from the public, as the ban will directly impact owners of meat and liquor shops.
Mohammed Shahzad, who owns a meat shop, called the demand "wrong and unjustified." "This is my only source of income and if there is a ban on the sale of meat and eggs, how will we earn anything? We have families to provide for. It was fine until the rule was limited only till Ayodhya, now just because they have changed the name, doesn't mean it shall be applicable in the whole district. There are around 200-250 meat shops here, if put a ban on the sale, they should provide us with a job," he explained.
While Shahzad was against the ban, there are few shopkeepers who supported the ban. Sushil Jaiswal, a liquor shop owner, said that he supports the ban as what is right shall be done. Speaking about the losses that would be incurred, Jaiswal said, "People will find something else to earn money."
Faizabad district was renamed Ayodhya on November 6 by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Deepotsav event. (ANI)