Opposition parties continued to protest against the beef ban on 6 October in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. The opposition members flooded the well of the House, urging that the question hour be adjourned to discuss other issues.
On 5 October too, the National Conference (NC) raised the same issue, saying the beef ban won’t be tolerated. “To save his government, the chief minister referred the matter to the Supreme Court,” said party leader Omar Abdullah.
The protests had started after the chair in the Assembly and the Council disallowed NC’s motions seeking suspension of question hour over the beef ban issue and by Congress for a discussion on the rehabilitation of flood victims, as well as the imposition of service tax on helicopter services for Vaishno Devi pilgrims.
It may be noted that the banner-waving NC, and Congress legislators, stormed the well of the House, climbing tables and clashing with marshals, leaving a lawmaker, and a security staff injured.
The NC, CPI(M), and independent Sheikh Abdul Rashid, submitted separate bills, seeking revocation of a 150-year-old law, that criminalises cow slaughter in the state.
The issue of beef ban came to the fore after a division bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed the state to implement the ban in the state as per the law.
Omar asked why the state government approached the Supreme Court, when the legislature was free to scrap the 1932 provision in the Ranbir Penal Code prohibiting cow slaughter.
The court ruling evoked resentment from various quarters with many separatist and religious organisations terming it as an “interference in religious affairs” and sought revocation of the law, besides pressing for implementation of the liquor ban in the state.