Debate on beef bills killed in legislative council too

Srinagar: The bills seeking a debate on a Dogra-era law criminalising slaughter of bovine animals were not allowed in the legislative council after they met a similar fate in the assembly yesterday.
Also, Congress legislators walked out of both houses after their request for a discussion on border firing and setting up of an AIIMS in the state was turned down by the chairman and the speaker.
As soon as Assembly proceedings started, Congress legislators stood up from their seats demanding a discussion on their request. However, assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta told them the issue has already been discussed, prompting Congress members to leave the House in protest for a brief period.
They rejoined proceedings after chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed intervened, saying the issues raised by the Opposition would be discussed after the Question Hour.
As the Question Hour started in the council, Congress legislators, including Jugal Kishore Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Monga, demanded that the Question Hour be suspended and instead the tense situation in Udhampur district and AIIMs issue should be debated.
“Udhampur is tense and conspiracies are being hatched to stoke communal tension there,” Kishore said.
However, chairman Anayat Ali retorted, “You will be given time during the Zero Hour.” This enraged the members who walked out again but returned after a while.
National Conference MLC Shehnaz Ganai also staged a walkout from the council after receiving no response from the chairman over her query on flood victims.
The beef bills, however, could not be taken up for the discussion because the chairman cited “time constraints and Friday prayers”.
The BJP-PDP members seconded the chairman over extension of business hours because of Friday prayers.
However, it drew angry reactions from MLCs Ghulam Nabi Monga and NCs Qaiser Jamsheed Lone who disrupted the proceedings of the calling attention motions.
“The government wants to buy time to avoid a discussion on the bills,” Monga said.
Apart from two anti-beef ban bills, eight other bills also could not be discussed.