Speaker disallows discussion on ‘beef ban’ bills

SRINAGAR:  Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta on Thursday did not allow a discussion on any of the ‘beef ban’ bills, despite the Opposition’s demand to extend the day’s proceedings.
The Opposition throughout the day asked the Speaker to extend the day’s proceedings until the bills would be discussed. However the day’s proceedings were called off at 1:30 without considering the requests.
The National Conference, MLA Abdul Rashid and Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami asked for this till the last minute, even creating an uproar and invoking laws to get the day extended, but to no avail. Minutes before the session ended, former CM Omar Abdullah asked the Speaker that if he was intended to hear the bills, the day should be extended. “We are even ready to sit here till 9 pm,” Omar said.
Law Minister Basharat Bukhari interrupted and quoted an order that the Assembly could not be extended as there was already an order preventing that. “If the session could be extended till 9 pm in Jammu assembly why can’t it be done here,” Omar retorted, “Now we have put everything before the Speaker, it is his prerogative to decide.”
The Speaker then asked Targami to introduce his bill about the social security and welfare of artisans. Industries and Commerce Minister Chander Prakash Ganga, in his first words, opposed it. Targami then pointed out that this bill was not a ‘beef bill’ but about the securing the welfare of artisans.
While Tarigami was busy making his point, the Speaker called it a day. Following this, Rashid, who was sitting in the well for about half-an-hour, jumped to the Speaker’s seat to try and pull down the microphones; however he was pulled back by marshals.
With the adjournment of the day, all the twelve private member bills, including three bills on the ‘beef ban’, could not be discussed.