The Yogi Adityanath-led UP Govt on Tuesday imposed a complete liquor ban in Mathura’s Baldev, Gokul, Govardhan, Nandgaon, Radha-kund areas, reported the ANI.
Reports also said that 32 liquor shops in the area would also be relocated.
- Govt Bans Liquor in Barsana, Baldev, Gokul, Govardhan, Nandgaon, Radha Kund.
- The decision could cause the government a loss of around Rs 11 crores revenue, reports suggested.
- The move could spark protests among people whose businesses the ban is likely to impact.
The ban comes in the wake of calls from Hindu religious groups wanting Mathura to be included among the holy city along the same lines as Vrindavan and Barsana- the two towns where a complete ban was announced on the sale of meat and liquor in October 2017.
Soon after the announcement, the same declaration as demanded for Mathura, the centre of the entire Braj region. It wasn’t done since there’s a considerable Muslim population in Mathura. Such declaration would mean a complete ban on meat shops.
The city and the two towns are linked to Lord Krishna. While Mathura is said to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity, Vrindavan is where he grew up. Barsana, on the other hand, is where Radha, a close friend of Krishna, grew up.
Complete liquor ban imposed in Mathura's Barsana, Baldev, Gokul, Govardhan, Nandgaon, Radha-kund areas.
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The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet which also okayed a modern Ram katha centre and Art Gallery in Faizabad, next to Ayodhya and memorial academy in remembrance of 15th Century Poet Saint Kabir at maghar, place of nirvana, in Sant Kabir nagar district.
While priests of the Goverdhan temple welcomed the decision, those at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan said the step was “long overdue”.
In an interview with Economic Times, Radhe Shyam, a shopkeeper in Mathura had told: “There could be tensions in Mathura if the step is taken. There have been problems already after the closure of the illegal slaughterhouses after the new BJP government took charge.”