Haryana has on Saturday become the latest BJP-ruled state to ban the sale of meat in the background of the Jain festival of Paryushan.

The state's Fatehabad Municipal Council (FMC) has ordered slaughterhouses to be shut down for a period of eight days from 11 to 19 September, said reports.

Haryana is the fifth state to suspend sale of meat, after Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

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

Last week, the Mumbai municipal corporation had announced ban on meat for four days. However, the Maharashtra government on Friday reduced the ban to two days.