Speaker hints he will not allow debate on beef law

Speaker hints he will not allow debate on beef law
  • Says won’t allow discussion on any ‘controversial issue’, especially one ‘which amounts to contempt of the court’

Jammu: Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta said on Monday that he will not allow a discussion on any controversial issue in the House, effectively endorsing BJP’s fierce opposition to any debate on a Dogra-era legislation criminalising slaughter of bovines in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir.
“It’s my prerogative to choose resolutions and I will not allow any controversial issue to be discussed in the house, especially the one which amounts to the contempt of the (high) court,” he said.
A recent high court order asking the government to strictly enforce the law has stirred up passions in the state. While the Muslims have said “nobody can make unlawful what our religious permits”, the Hindu nationalist BJP, which is ruling the state in partnership with PDP, has warned of violence if the issue is discussed in the Assembly.
In fact, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said the government will implement the high court order.
National Conference and CPI (M) have submitted bills in the House, demanding abrogation of the law. The PDP has been ambivalent.
“I have to decide which matter should be discussed in the house. I am going to Kashmir Valley shortly to see what issues need to be picked for discussion in the house…we cannot let all resolutions to be discussed in the house as it will become time consuming. We will take up only those issues which are significant and uncontroversial,” Gupta said.
Asked whether the bills submitted by NC and CPI(M) will be discussed, Kavinder evaded a straight reply.
“I cannot say what would be listed for discussion in the house but any controversial issue should not and cannot be allowed… any discussion on controversial issues may lead to ruckus which I don’t want as it is a short session,” Gupta asserted.