BBMP has claimed that meat ban is an annual routine and that it is enforced under the Karnataka Municipality

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has declared meat ban in the country's IT capital on 17 September in view of Ganesh Chaturthi.

The municipal body justified the ban saying it is an annual routine and that it is enforced under the Karnataka Municipality Act.

The Congress-ruled Karnataka thus joins the list of several BJP-ruled states that ordered ban on meat citing festivals, mainly those observed by a Jain.

On Saturday, Haryana's Fatehabad Municipal Council (FMC) had ordered slaughterhouses to be shut down for a period of eight days from 11 September.

On 11 September, Chhattisgarh had also enforced a two-day ban on sale of meat, while Rajasthan ordered a three-day meat ban on 17 September (Paryushan festival of Shwetambar Jains), 18 Sept (Sanvatsari, another Jain festival) and 27 Sept (Anant Chaturdashi, mainly celebrated by Digambar Jains).

Earlier, the Mumbai municipal corporation had announced a ban on meat for four days. However, the Maharashtra government had on Friday reduced the ban period to two days following an intervention by Bombay High Court.