Speaker to reject Bill on beef ban

NC moved a Bill seeking revocation of ban on bovine slaughter on September 16

Speaker to reject Bill on beef banWith political parties and pundits expecting a heated debate on the beef controversy in the Legislative Assembly, Speaker Kavinder Gupta is set to reject the controversial Bill seeking revocation of the ban on bovine slaughter on Monday.

This controversial Bill was moved by the National Conference (NC) on September 16 and another Bill of a similar nature was moved by lone CPM member MY Tarigami on September 18.

The Speaker, who is in Jammu at present, will reach Srinagar on Monday morning to review preparations for the forthcoming autumn session of the Assembly.

He will finalise business calendar for proceedings of the Assembly.“While finalising the business calendar for seven sittings of the Assembly, the Speaker is unlikely to admit the NC’s or CPM member’s Bills,” a source said. The source added, “A resolution moved by a BJP member will be rejected to maintain balance.

”While the CPM and the NC had moved Bill in the Legislative Assembly for the forthcoming session seeking omission of Sections 298-A, 298-B, 298-C and 298-D of the Ranbir Penal Code to revoke the ban of beef, BJP MLA Ravinder Raina had moved a resolution seeking capital punishment for those found selling or consuming beef in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources said a tentative business calendar has already been prepared in which NC’s Bill was not incorporated. “An official announcement to reject the NC’s Bill is likely to be made on Monday,” the source said. The source added, “A customary meeting of all parties will be convened by the Speaker before commencement of the session.

”The Speaker had already dropped many hints at not admitting the controversial Bills. Three days back, the Speaker made it clear that his priority was to maintain communal harmony, brotherhood and peace in all three regions of the state. He had further stated that no one would be allowed to create a communal divide in the state.

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