The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, imposed a complete ban on liquor and meat sale in Mathura.
Yogi Adityanath was speaking at a Krishnotsav 2021 programme when he announced the details of the ban. He advised the people engaged in the trade of liquor and meat to take up trade-in milk. This move was directed to restore the glory of Mathura since it was known for producing huge and superior quality animal milk.
He mentioned that the police officials are directed to work on the plan and the people engaged in such trades are advised to switch trade occupations.
The chief minister stated that in 2017 they had constructed the Nagar Nigam in Uttar Pradesh. Reverend priests and saints have come to pray in the seven areas, deemed as pilgrimage sites. However, the representatives of the priests and saints have raised the issue of the liquor and meat trade in Mathura.
They believe that the trade of liquor and meat should be completely banned and this motto of the saints has the support of the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The people engaged in these activities will be rehabilitated and counselled to trade in milk by setting up small stalls as it will restore the original glory of Dwaparyug.
He mentioned that on the occasion of Janmashtami, liquor and meat should not be consumed in the state. Several priests and saints voiced their support for the decision. The police will be counselling and training the people involved in the liquor and meat trade to help them get a suitable job in another trade option.
Further, he prayed to Lord Krishna to eliminate the Covid-19 pandemic from the state. He further stated that Brij Bhumi will be developed, without the exhaustion of funds. There will be modern technology, culture, and spiritual blend for the development of the heritage.
He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that he has provided direction to the country as old worship places are now revived. Cabinet Ministers Shrikant Sharma and Laxmi Narain Chaudhary were also present at the meeting.
He advised the police officials to prevent the spread of communicable infections. He took cognizance of the news that some people are falling ill to a disease in Mathura, Firozabad and Mainpuri. Special teams are deployed in those areas to investigate the matter and help the citizens.
He also criticized the opposition parties in his speech. He said a major transformation has been noticed in the state since five years of his ruling.
Furthermore, he mentioned that the opposition members were afraid to praise the deities due to the fear of being branded as communal, but now they are calling Krishna and Lord Ram their own.
Bharatiya Janata Party worker spoke to The Print stating that, In 2017, a similar demand was raised by the chief minister’s office to ban the liquor and meat trade. The secretary of Shri Krishna Janmashtami Temple and several officials had raised the demand of banning liquor and meat in Braj. This decision was raised after Yogi Adityanath declared on 27 October 2017.
Vrindavan and Barsana are the prime places in Uttar Pradesh to be declared as ‘pavitra tirth sthal’ meaning Holi Place. After declaring a place as a holy shrine, liquor and meat are not advised to be sold there.
The worker mentioned that during the 2017 polls, the BJP state representatives demanded to fulfil this request and are now trying to implement it, this will help them in future elections.
In 2017, chief minister Yogi Adityanath declared a ban on cow smuggling and issued an order to state police to investigate slaughterhouses that are illegally storing cows.