The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on March 24:
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the atrocious attacks that have been mounted on the minority community in the state of Uttar Pradesh since Adityanath assumed office as chief minister. In the name of closing down illegal slaughter houses, the UP government is targeting all slaughter houses on the specious plea of controlling illegal trade of cow meat. There have been instances of wide spread attacks on meat shops in various parts of the state.
It may be noted that Uttar Pradesh accounts for nearly 50 percent of India's total meat exports and such a policy will affect the livelihood of 25 lakh people directly or indirectly. Moreover, all sections involved in the production and sale of meat all over the state are being targeted and at times subjected to physical assault.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) calls upon the BJP led NDA central government to ensure the protection of the constitutional guarantees for religious minorities and prevail upon the UP BJP state government to desist from following such a disastrous course.