After formally approved renaming of Faizabad and Allahabad divisions as Ayodhya and Prayagraj respectively, Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is proposing to ban meat and liquor sales in the twin Hindu holy cities of Ayodhya and Mathura.
Confirming this decision, Shrikant Sharma, spokesperson for the Uttar Pradesh government and Cabinet minister, said they are considering a demand in this regard made by seers. The state government has already banned the sale of liquor and meat in the area of Mathura where ‘Parikrama’ is performed.
Seers from Ayodhya had long been demanding a blanket ban on sale of meat and liquor in Ayodhya, saying it’s disrespectful to Lord Ram, while the government may also enforce it in Mathura.
Earlier on November 6, on the occasion of Deepotsav, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had declared the renaming of Faizabad district as Ayodhya. On Tuesday, the Cabinet put a seal on this decision. Prayagraj division will comprise Prayagraj, Kaushambi, Fatehpur and Pratapgarh districts, while Ayodhya division will include Ayodhya, Ambedkarnagar, Sultanpur, Amethi and Barabanki districts.
Meanwhile, the Allahabad High Court dismissed a PIL challenging the renaming of Allahabad, saying the petitioner should first approach the Uttar Pradesh government with the grievance.