For making amendments in the Ranbir Penal Code pertaining to the sale of beef in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has submitted a bill in the assembly secretariat.
NC general secretary and former Law Minister, Ali Mohammad Sager told The Indian Express that the bill has been submitted in the assembly secretariat for making amendments in the Section 298- A, 298- B, 298- C and 298- D. “We are hopeful that this bill will be supported by the members of ruling coalition and other members.”
Sager said the law banning the sale of beef in Jammu and Kashmir was passed 162 years ago by an autocratic ruler. “This law is a violation of Article 25.”
Before NC, independent legislator from North Kashmir’s Langate constituency Shiekh Rashid had already submitted a bill in the assembly secretariat for abolishing the sections pertaining to the slaughter of bovines in the state. The legislator has also started a signature campaign asking people to motivate their concerned assembly members to support the bill.
“The ban on the sale of beef is anti Muslim. From tomorrow we will start a signature campaign at every district headquarter in which support of people will be sought from locals,’’ he said, adding that the NC should have supported his bill. “Now, it is good if NC has also submitted its own bill.’’
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir said that legislators of his party will seek answers from Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on the floor of House to clarify the stand of his party on the issue that has snowballed into a big controversy. “It will be good, if government will bring a bill and all opposition members will support it, otherwise the opposition’s bill will fail if legislators from ruling parties will not support it,’’ he said.
Mir also said that a meeting of the state Congress Legislature Party will be held on October 2 and a decision will be taken on that day, after consulting the assembly members whether to support the bill moved by NC or not.
BJP spokesman, Arun Gupta, however, refused to divulge the stand of his party over the bill moved by the NC. “This matter is subjudice, so it will not be good for me to say anything about it,’’ he said.
While some separatist leaders asked people to slaughter bovines on Eid-ul-Zuha and termed the court’s order interference into their religious affairs. Earlier to diffuse the crisis, the National Conference had asked the government to issue an ordinance repealing the said provision of the RPC before Eid.