GUWAHATI: Two Meghalaya politicians, who were with the BJP till a few days ago, organised a “bitchy-beef” party in Tura of the state’s Garo Hills to register their protests against the Centre’s cattle slaughter rules. Bitchy is rice beer, which is the locals’ favourite.
Bernard Marak and Bachu Marak had resigned from the BJP after being cornered within the party for their plan to organise a protest “bitchy beef” party to celebrate the three years of Narendra Modi government.
According to Bernard, some 2,000 people, including former BJP workers, took part in the party. They feasted on bitchi and beef to send across a message to “our leaders to not intrude into our areas and try to violate our local laws”.
“The bitchi-beef fest was to highlight to our leaders that in Garo Hills, we have our own laws, culture, traditions and practices. Therefore, regulations enforced by the Centre cannot be directly implemented over the scheduled areas,” Bernard, who was BJP’s Tura unit president, said. Stating that local law prevails over local land, he said he had tried to justify it to the leaders of BJP before quitting the party.