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Give permission to celebrate Bakra Eid: Congress leader Naseem Khan

Arif Naseem Khan, former cabinet minister of Maharashtra, submitted his plea to Thackeray to allow the celebrations of Bakra Eid urging the government to issue guidelines on the sale and slaughter of cattle.

Give permission to celebrate Bakra Eid: Congress leader Naseem Khan
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Senior Congress leader Naseem Khan has demanded permission to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha or Bakra Eid with conditions and has urged the Maharashtra government to allow markets to open for purchasing animals to conduct ‘Qurbani’. 

In a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Khan has requested the government to give permission to celebrate Bakra Eid with conditions as given to celebrate Ganesh Mahotsav. 

Arif Naseem Khan, former cabinet minister of Maharashtra, submitted his plea to Thackeray, Balasaheb Thorat and Anil Deshmukh to allow the celebrations of Bakra Eid urging the government to release a standard operating procedure (SOP) and issue guidelines on the sale and slaughter of cattle. 

“The festival of sacrifice is an important religious festival for the Muslims community and to perform the sacrifice of a goat is an obligation. The government should allow civic markets in all wards to be used for four to five days for Bakra Eid,” the Congress leader said. 

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government is planning to initiate an online purchase of animals including goats and sheep for sacrifice to avoid crowding ahead of Bakra Eid. Maharashtra Minister for Textiles and Fisheries, Aslam Shaikh said that the guidelines for the same will be released soon. 

Shaikh also said that the celebrations for any festival will not be allowed in containment zones demarcated by the administration due to the coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, crowd gathering for ‘Qurbani’ (sacrifice) will not be allowed and people will have to offer Nawaz at home since the Mosques are closed. 

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urged the Muslim community to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha in a simple manner. The Bakra Eid is likely to be celebrated on August 1 and the Chief Minister has urged people to celebrate the festival “symbolically” if possible. 

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