BJP leader from Kashmir organises ‘beef party’

ANANTNAG: The High Court directive on enforcing of the ban on beef in Jammu and Kashmir was welcomed by the Jammu chapter of the BJP. But a party leader from the Kashmir unit has called the directive “religious interference” and even announced a ‘beef party’ on Sunday.
BJP leader from south Kashmir Khursheed Malik, who unsuccessfully contested the last assembly elections from Kokernag, said that he has decided to organise a beef party in Kokernag on Sunday. “To defy the ban I will be organising a party in the town where varieties of beef will be served to Muslim invitees and vegetarian varieties to Hindus,” Malik told Kashmir Reader. He said serving beef to Muslims and vegetables to Hindus would set “an example of tolerance in the spirit of secularism”.
“Beef is halal for Muslims and nobody has the authority to ban its sale and consumption. I will be the last person to tolerate any interference in my religion,” Malik said.
On Thursday, a BJP leader from Jammu and the Speaker of the legislative assembly, Kavinder Gupta had welcomed the Court directive saying the ban on beef was a good thing. “We should follow the decision. It is in the interests of the people of the state,” Gupta had told a local media agency.
On his part, Malik said that if the claim was that a ban on beef was imposed in the interests of the Hindu community, then “let them ban the sale and consumption of liquor in Jammu in the interests of Muslims”.
“If the ban is implemented in the state I will also file a public interest litigation seeking a ban on liquor,” Malik added. Another BJP leader and party MLC from Kashmir, Sofi Yusuf, said the Court should revisit its decision in the interests of the people of the Valley. “But being a Muslim soldier of secular India I would like to request the Court to revisit its directive,” he told Kashmir Reader. He also said that beef was halal for Muslims and a ban on the same can be challenged in the Supreme Court.