Beef ban row stalls the House

Beef ban row stalls the House
  • Speaker adjourns House after pandemonium created by Opposition

Moazum Mohammad/Junaid Bazaz
Srinagar: The Opposition on Monday stalled the proceedings of the legislative assembly after the speaker disallowed a debate on the issue of controversial beef ban law.
As soon as the House assembled in the morning, National Conference, Congress and independent MLAs stood up on their seats, shouting “Nagpur ka agenda nahi chalega”.
Amid ruckus, speaker Kavinder Gupta adjourned the House for 15 minutes.
As the House met again, Gupta turned down a request for a debate on the three bills, filed by three political parties, demanding a discussion on the beef ban law.
His refusal prompted Opposition legislators to storm into the well of the House. NC and Congress legislators Altaf Keloo, Abdul Majeed Larni, GM Saroori and Usman Majeed attempted to push their way towards the speaker’s chair but were prevented by House marshals.
Keloo and Majid stood up on the central table of the House shouting “PDP sarkar hai hai…RSS Ka agenda nai chalega.”
The legislators were carrying banners reading, “don’t exploit flood victims”, “revoke tax on religious pilgrims”. Again, the house was adjourned for an hour.
At 12pm, the house got off to a noisy note with NC legislators led by Ali Mohammad Sagar asking the speaker to allow beef ban debate.
The speaker asked them to “allow me to talk” but Keloo forced his way into the well of the House and tore up papers.
NC MLA Ishfaq Jabbar and Larni jumped from their seats into the well of the House. However, the marshals swung into action and removed them forcibly from the House. In the melee, a marshal got injured. Later on, the speaker adjourned the session for the entire day.
The Opposition still continued their protests shouting “PDP sarkar ko ek jatka aur do”, “RSS speaker hai hai”.
Similar scenes were witnessed in the legislative council. As soon as the session began, Opposition created ruckus over beef ban, rehabilitation of flood victims and implementation of service tax on choppers.
NC MLC Bashir Ahmad Veeri told Kashmir Reader that the state government’s move to the Supreme Court, seeking its directions on the two different rulings of state high court, was “unconstitutional”.
“The legislature is above all institutions of the state. It has power to make laws and no court can order to stay proceedings on sub-judice matters,” Veeri said.
The House was adjourned by Speaker Annayat Ali after the Opposition stalled the proceedings.