JKPCC to hold meet on Oct 2 to discuss Bills over beef ban

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Sept 30: Ahead of autumn session of Assembly, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) is holding a meet on Friday to discuss the Bills submitted by National Conference and other legislators seeking the omission of Sections 298-A, 298B, 298-C and 298-D of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) to revoke the ban on beef in the State.
Sources told Excelsior that the JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir would chair the meeting of party’s core group and member of Legislative Assembly as well Council on Friday at 5 pm here at Maulana Azad Road headquarters. In the meeting, the sources said, the party members would study the draft of Bills submitted in the Assembly so that a consensus is developed over them.
Confirming the scheduled meet, the PCC chief told Excelsior: “Yes, we are holding the meeting of our legislators and core group on Friday. I will chair the meet and we will discuss the issues threadbare. We will take the decision while keeping the aspirations and sentiments of people of all the three regions into consideration.”
Asked what is the stand of Congress, the PCC chief said that their stand is “secular and every member of party is having same and clear opinion over the issue”. “We are a secular party and represent all the three regions of the State. All our members and workers are united and there is no divided opinion within us,” he said.
Sources said the party would also discuss the issues pertaining to the Assembly session but the “Bills on beef ban tops the agenda”. A senior Congress leader said the party has not taken any decision or have no viewpoint regarding supporting or opposing the beef sale in the State.
“We will go through the draft. We will study it and see what actually they are seeking. Are they seeking scrapping of law or amendments?  And, after going through the Bills we will be able to make our view point regarding this. But, at the same time we will have to respect the religious sentiments of the people and in no way hurt them. This is what religion teaches us,” the Congress leader insisting not to be named said.


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