National Conference Sunday announced to oppose tooth and nail any move of the PDP-BJP coalition government to handover the anti-beef ban bills to a joint select committee of the State legislature.
Senior National Conference leader and former Speaker, Muhammad Akbar Lone, said, “Supreme Court can’t restrain Jammu & Kashmir Assembly from taking up any bill for discussion which has been already listed in the calendar of the assembly.”
Reacting to the reports that PDP-BJP coalition government has decided to handover the anti-beef ban bills to a select committee, Lone told KNS, “If the reports are true then it is very clear that Speaker has to allow the opposition to table the bill in the House for discussion. As per rules a bill can be handed over to the select committee only after it is tabled before the assembly and discussed by the House”.
“National Conference will tooth and nail oppose the government on handing over the bill to a joint select committee and seek support from even national level political parties like Congress. Such a decision of the Government would be part of an ill-designed conspiracy of ruling PDP-BJP combine to delay the process of scrapping beef ban law. Any such decision will expose the tall claims of PDP on protection of the religious rights of the Muslim community in the only Muslim-majority state of the country,” he said.
Authoritative sources in PDP and BJP disclosed to KNS that they have by mutual consensus decided to hand over the anti-beef ban bills to a select committee. A top informed source in the PDP told KNS, “Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has already told PDP and BJP legislators to restrain from issuing public statements on sensitive issues.”
State Congress chief, GA Mir, told KNS, “We won’t react to unofficial remarks. Once the government announces its decision on the floor of the assembly the Congress legislators will then and there announce the party decision. We will announce a formal decision a day before the anti-beef ban bill is listed for introduction in the assembly.