In view of the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the Delhi Meat Merchant Association has issued an appeal to all meat and fish traders in Delhi, urging them to close their shops on January 22.
Irshad Qureshi, the General Secretary of the Delhi Meat Merchant Association, has told news agency PTI that the primary objective of this request is to foster unity and harmony between different communities.
Qureshi emphasised the significance of bringing people together and explained that the appeal extends to all slaughterhouses, as well as businesses selling meat and fish in Delhi. The purpose is to honor the sentiments of the public regarding the “pran pratishtha” ceremony in Ayodhya.
“We have requested all slaughterhouses, as well as meat and fish sellers, to observe a temporary closure on January 22 in acknowledgment of the celebration surrounding the inauguration of the Ram temple by our Hindu brothers and sisters,” expressed Qureshi.
He further noted that the one-day closure would not significantly impact the traders and highlighted the importance of respecting the sentiments of both communities.
Additionally, numerous restaurants in Delhi’s Connaught Place have announced their decision not to serve non-vegetarian dishes to customers on January 22. Amit Gupta, the Joint Secretary of the New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA), shared that several establishments in Connaught Place have committed to offering exclusively vegetarian food on the day of the “pran pratishtha” ceremony in Ayodhya.
The “pran pratishtha” ceremony is scheduled to take place on January 22, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in attendance, along with several other VVIPs.
(With PTI inputs)