The Uttar Pradesh government has banned products sold with a halal certification, hours after an official spokesperson claimed that the tag was being used to spread “propaganda” and “exploit religious sentiment”.

The government spokesperson said: “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is set to clamp down on the illicit practice of issuing ‘halal certificates’ to food and cosmetic products without proper authority”.

“The state is likely to impose a ban soon and now, halal-certified products will not be sold in Uttar Pradesh… Under the guise of religion, unrestrained propaganda is being spread among a particular class,” he added.

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