A day before the J&K Assembly is scheduled to take up a Bill on beef ban, which seeks to repeal the law that prohibits slaughter of bovines and the sale of beef in the state, Independent MLA Engineer Rashid threw a ‘beef party’ in Srinagar. Rashid chose Srinagar’s MLA Hostel to throw the party on Wednesday, for which he invited members of the civil society.
He later alleged that the hostel was vandalised by the BJP lawmakers after his party was over, adding that three hostel staffers were suspended by the government for assisting him.
“My aim is to send a message to the government…I wanted to tell the government that whether you pass the Bill or not, discuss it or not, we don’t care about this ban. It doesn’t make any difference to us,” Rashid told The Indian Express.
Insisting that the ban on beef was “interference in religious” affairs, he added: “By this party, I want to tell them that religious affairs can not be kept subservient to judiciary or legislature.”
Rashid also claimed he had invited ministers and other legislators to the beef party but none of them showed up.
At the party, Rashid served kebabs, rista (minced meat balls) and patties — all made from beef —to the guests.