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The Indian Herald

September 12, 2015

MNS workers cook meat in front of Jain temple, warn Jains against forcing 'vegetarianism' in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers cooked mutton in front of a Jain temple to oppose the 'meat ban' allegedly imposed at the behest of the Jain groups in Maharashtra.

The party workers gathered at the temple at Thane near Mumbai during the day, where they displayed mutton and fish.

Later, they cooked the meat on the spot. MNS has said that Jains can't dictate policies in Maharashtra.

The financially strong and influential Jain community is mostly vegetarian and push for ban on sale of meat during its Paryushan festival. MNS chief Raj Thackeray has also 'threatened' Jains to mend their ways.

Shiv Sena has also warned Jains against forcing vegetarianism on the people. Its mouthpiece 'Saamna' wrote that while Muslims could go to Pakistan, where would the Jains go if they were driven out of India. "

Recently, MNS had warned Jains against discrimination with non-Hindus. In Jain dominated housing societies, non-vegetarians and non-Jains are not allowed to purchase or rent flats. Thackeray had said that Jains should stop this discrimination.

However, the Shiv Sena and MNS have trained their guns on Jains after the days of ban on meat were extended in Mira-Bhayandar recently. The BJP and other Sangh Parivar ourfits are known to favour Jains, as the community members finance them.

Many top leaders of VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP belong to the Jain community. Incidentally, Jains are a minority community in India, however, right-wing Hindutva groups are led by many Jains, the most prominent of them being Pravin Togadia, who leads the VHP.

TIH Bureau

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