Days after the state government renamed the Faizabad district as Ayodhya and the echo for building a Ram temple gathered momentum, another aspect has come to front with the Uttar Pradesh Minister Shrikant Sharma giving statement that seers and crores of devotees have demanded that the sale and consumption of non-vegetarian food and liquor be banned in Ayodhya and Mathura.
These statements are coming ahead of the 2019 parliamentary elections and is seen by many as the possible effort to lure the priest segment of Ayodhya who are not happy with the government over the Ram Mandir issue.
Till now the ban on the sale of liquor and meat had been existing only in Ayodhya town, however, now the seers want this ban to be extended to the entire Ayodhya district to maintain the sanctity of the birthplace of Lord Ram, according to reports.
The Uttar Pradesh government Monday said it was contemplating declaring 14 Kosi Parikrama Marg in Ayodhya and Lord Krishna’s birthplace in Mathura as pilgrim centres so that the sale and consumption of liquor and non-vegetarian items was completely stopped there.
Uttar Pradesh Minister Shrikant Sharma said: “Honouring their demands, the state government is working to declare the area around 14 Kosi Parikrama Marg in Ayodhya and the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura as pilgrim centres. Once this happens, a ban on the sale and consumption of non-vegetarian food and liquor will automatically come into effect,” he said.