1) No more kasai, no smuggling of cows:
Meat, which two years ago cost a Muslim man’s life in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, on suspicion that his family had stored and consumed it, is now off the table in Uttar Pradesh after newly appointed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked police to prepare an action plan to close abattoirs across the state. The BJP in its poll manifesto had promised to shut illegal ones and mechanized slaughter houses, but it’s not clear if what the saffron-robed 44-year-old CM has ordered will be a blanket ban. Cow ‘smuggling’ too will be dealt with sternly, say UP officials.
2) Net set to decide on slaughter legislation:
Adityanath solicited opinion from across the internet after he put up a poll on his personal website,yogiadityanath.in, on whether there should be stern laws enacted to ban cow slaughter. The poll, which requires the user to give in their name and mobile number, has 75 per cent respondents in favour and 24 per cent against, by 7 pm today. No clarity on where the remaining 1 per cent are counted as there are only two options, Yes or No. Even as people expressed opinion online, three shops selling meat and fish were set afire by unidentified persons in Hathras’ Manyavar Kanshiram colony, named thus after the Dalit leader and founder of Bahujan Samaj Party.
3) Crackdown begins on college Romeos:
Keeping BJP president Amit Shah’s campaign promise, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has launched “anti-Romeo” police squads to check instances of sexual harassment of women, mainly in front of colleges. Hotels “with a bad reputation” have been raided in this regard and hookah bars checked for intoxicating substances.
4) Stained buildings set off paan ban:
Apparently livid at the state of his office building stained with paan spittle, the UP chief minister has also banned the chewing of paan and use of tobacco products in schools buildings, colleges, hospitals and other government premises. Unlike the ban on smoking in public places that has been in force since 2008 across India, the paan and tobacco ban is restricted to schools, colleges, government offices and hospitals.
5) On ‘Swachh’ mission, Government offices go plastic free:
Determined to make his state ace Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission, the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has banned the use of plastics in government offices and asked his staff to take a “swachhata” pledge - “I will not litter, nor allow anybody to do it. I will devote 100 hours every year, to make the pledge of cleanliness come true and I will propagate the message of Swachch Bharat Mission in every nook and corner of the country.”