NC Accuses Speaker Of Partisanship

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SRINAGAR: Taking a strong objection to what it termed as ‘certain overtly partisan statements and remarks’ of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly with regard to the proposed anti-beef-ban bill, National Conference on Monday said any sabotage of the party’s bill would be unacceptable and may lead to serious implications. 

NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly should realize that he is the Speaker of the entire house of elected representatives and not that of the treasury benches alone. 

 “The Speaker’s preemptive remarks that he won’t allow certain bills to be tabled in the Legislative Assembly reeks of a very tragic partisan and ideological bias which goes against the ethics and covenants of democracy and the constitution. The Speaker has no right to interfere into the democratic process of law-making by curtailing the rights of elected representatives to propose amendments in existing laws. This is not just a political point but a legal point as well. Any bills proposing amendments in existing laws cannot be stonewalled by the Speaker. If this happens this would be unprecedented and would discredit democracy and its institutions in the State”, NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said in a press statement. 

 The NC General Secretary also lashed out at the PDP for being in a fixed match with its ally the BJP and being united in their ulterior plans to sabotage the National Conference bill proposing amendment in relevant sections of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) which would in-turn de-criminalize cow-slaughter, sale and consumption of beef in the State. “PDP’s Chief Spokesperson has said that a bill in the Assembly would not be the ‘right way’ and that PDP would rather ‘build consensus’ on this issue. Shame on PDP for such a brazen, shameless show of cowardice and lack of integrity. There is no other or better way to amend a law than to bring a bill in the Assembly. The only other way for the Government was to bring in an ordinance – which we had demanded should be done ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. I don’t know which ‘other ways’ PDP is imagining to exist. If they don’t have a spine to stand up for the sentiments and rights of the people, they should openly say so and ask for forgiveness for selling their souls. These ridiculous statements do nothing but add insult to injury”, Sagar said. 

“We are committed to the anti-beef-ban bill that party leaders have submitted in the Assembly Secretariat. We hope the Speaker doesn’t demolish the credibility and sanctity of the chair he occupied by sabotaging the bill. If that happens, there will be very serious consequences. It won’t be tolerated at any cost. Neither the PDP nor the BJP should have any doubts about this”, the NC General Secretary added. 

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