Srinagar: The high court order imposing ban on sale of beef in Jammu and Kashmir has been welcomed by ruling partner of government, BJP, while as PDP has opted to keep mum over the issue.
Senior BJP leader and speaker Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta termed the court decision a ‘right thing’, saying it should be followed as the ban is in the interests of the people of the state. “I think the ban on beef from Jammu and Kashmir High Court is a good thing. We should follow the decision. It is in the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Gupta said.
State Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) also welcomed the court decision, saying people of Kashmir till the onset of militancy never consumed beef.
“It is a welcome step and anything being done to restore the cultural integrity should be welcomed. Law should be respected by one and all,” said BJP spokesman Khalid Jahangeer.
He added: “Till militancy, no shops in Kashmir were selling beef for the people here had a respect for the religious sentiments of the Kashmiri pandits,” BJP spokesman said.
On the contrary, senior PDP leader and cabinet minister Imran Raza Ansar has said the verdict of High Court can be challenged in the higher courts owing to the “unjustified” nature of the ban.
“The ban is against the Muslim majority character of the state and government should definitely revoke it,” Ansari told a local news gathering agency, insisting that he was speaking in the capacity of a religious cleric and not as a minister.
PDP spokesman Waheed-ur-Rahman Parra was quoted by ANI as saying “let people decide what to eat and what not to eat”. “We are a 5000-year-old civilisation and people know what eating sensititives are. It is very controversial to define eating habits in a place of reliigious diversity.”