Amid yes, no, Speaker says will allow all bills

On a day the Supreme Court pronounced its ruling on beef ban controversy, Speaker Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta said he will allow all bills in the House.
Amid yes, no, Speaker says will allow all bills
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On a day the Supreme Court pronounced its ruling on beef ban controversy, Speaker Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta said he will allow all bills in the House.

"I will allow all bills submitted in the Legislative Assembly Secretariat," Gupta told Greater Kashmir on Monday evening.

Gupta, who is continuously changing his stand on anti-beef ban bills, said he has gone through the Supreme Court directions on the matter. "Somebody apprised me about the directions," he said. 

The Private Member Bills are scheduled to come up in the House on Thursday. Of these, three bills submitted by Independent Legislator Er Sheikh Abdur Rashid, National Conference and 

from CPI (M) legislator M Y Tarigami, seek repealing of the clauses of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) that ban sale and consumption of beef in J&K.

On Saturday, the Speaker had said that he would first go through the Supreme Court ruling on the beef ban issue and only then take a call on the bills. "The issue became sensitive after the (High Court) division benches of Srinagar and Jammu expressed different opinions over the issue. This became the reason for the J&K government to submit the plea before the Supreme Court seeking end to the prevailing confusion over the issue," the Speaker had said.

On September 21, Gupta had told this newspaper that he won't allow those bills and resolutions in the House "which have the potential to vitiate atmosphere in the State."

"I will not allow any bill or resolution which can create controversy and disturb peaceful atmosphere in the State," he had said.

On September 30, he said he will allow discussion on "all bills" submitted in the House.

"Every bill submitted in the House will be taken up for discussion," he had said.

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