Beef bill rejection: Rasheed accuses NC of helping RSS agenda

Srinagar, June 29: Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) chief and MLA Langate Er Rasheed Wednesday condemned government for sabotaging the Bill seeking revocation on Beef in the State and termed the move as unconstitutional and murder of democracy.

It is worth to mention that the Bill was introduced in the last session and “government managed to buy time and ensured that the Bill doesn’t come up for the discussion”, a statement issued by AIP said this afternoon.

“But it was a constitutional requirement that the Bill has to be taken for discussion and vote on the topmost priority in the next session, however, the Bill didn’t figure in the list of business today when private members bills were taken for discussion,” the statement said.

Er Rasheed alleged that Speaker “bypassed the norms and misused his position and has thus damaged his own integrity and credibility of the House”.

“If ministers can say in broad day light without caring for the sentiments of Muslims that government can’t ban alcohol in the State, why does it use unconstitutional ways and means to stop the anti-ban Bill on Beef? If BJP-PDP coalition has decided to implement RSS agenda in State, it could have defeated the Bill on the floor of the House rather murdering the spirit of democracy, but PDP knowing the consequences of going against the Bill preferred to murder it by misusing Speaker’s powers. However, we need not any permission from the government and its institutions and nobody on earth can stop us from eating or practising all that what Islam permits,” Rasheed said.

The MLA Langate lashed out at NC members and reminded Omar Abdullah who was in the House, that “last year NC had also brought the same Bill but ironically today kept criminal silence when the Bill was missing from the business, thus proving beyond doubt that NC was never sincere in bringing the Bill in the last session but wanted just to score political points and has directly helped the alliance in implementing RSS agenda”.

“Though Speaker tried to persuade Er Rasheed but not satisfied with Speaker’s version, he walked out of the Assembly and said that he will try to find alternate options to protect the right to eat beef, as Assembly has miserably united against the fundamental rights of Muslims,” the statement added.

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