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Newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been accorded the top category 'Z+' VVIP armed security cover.

On the other hand, In Lucknow, most of the meat shops had downed their shutters and meat is not easily available.

The state government is estimated to earn more than 110bn rupees ($1.7bn; £1.3bn) a year from the industry.

The Yogi Adityanath governments crackdown on slaughterhouses has found an unusual supporter in All India Meat Association, which has hailed the Chief Minister for following his "raj dharma". Fish sellers, too, have reportedly joined the strike due to which several non-vegetarian food items have been pulled off the menu.

A rough estimate suggests that there could be around 5,000 meat shops in the capital operating from shanties and huts, according to PTI.

Singh said the government has to pay attention to the constitutionality of any of its actions and the chief minister has assured the meat-sellers that nothing was being done in a prejudiced manner and there was no directive to any official to act on caste or religious lines.

During his address, CM Adityanath said that his government and opposition will work together towards the public welfare. We don't know how long it will continue.

"We are being sent from one table to another and from one room to another by clerks", he said.

Noting that the National Green Tribunal had insisted on closure of illegal slaughter houses, he said, "The NGT had in 2015 observed that illegal slaughter houses are a concern for the environment, while insisting on their closure". There is a shortage of buffalo meat as well. A meat seller that the Hindustan Times tried to speak to at 2.30 pm on Friday was all set to sell off his last five kilos of goat meat and then pack up. "We are forced to sell kababs made of chicken and mutton".

The crackdown has even hit the carnivores in the state's zoos.

The government has received similar complaints from a lion safari park in Etawah that is home to three grown lions and two cubs.

The officebearers of their association had submitted a memorandum to the state government, seeking a meeting with the chief minister over their demands, which include allowing the slaughterhouses to operate as their closure was affecting their livelihood.


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