Meerut: Days after saying that entry of women in the Shani Shingnapur temple will lead to crimes such as rapes against them, Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati on Sunday claimed that cow slaughter and export of beef have increased since BJP came to power at the Centre.
"Slaughtering of cows is on the increase since BJP came to power. The export of beef has also increased under the BJP government," Swaroopanand, who is on a two-day visit to the city, said.
The Shankaracharya of the Dwarka-Shardapeeth said a total ban should be enforced on cow slaughter and a law be soon enacted in this regard.
At the same time, he also appealed to political parties not to politicize the Ram Mandir issue.
"Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is a responsibly of saints and political parties should not politicize it," he said, as per PTI.
Earlier, the 94-year-old seer had said that women should not have entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Shani Shingnapur temple as it will bring bad luck to them.
New agency ANI had quoted the Shankaracharya as saying - ''women entered Shani temple's inner sanctum, due to this, incidents of rapes will increase further.''
(With Agency inputs)