Beef Controversy: Ravinder Raina';s moves resolution in Assembly, seeks capital punishment for beef sellers
Jammu Tawi, September 18:Tre-brand as well as outspoken BJP MLA Ravinder Raina has submitted a memorandum in the Legislative Assembly in which he has demanded capital punishment for those who would be found involved in selling of cow beef or slaughtering the bovine animal. This resolution is a "master stroke" by Ravinder Raina because it will proved as counter offensive and will neutralize the campaign launched by opposition National Conference to legalize cow slaughtering in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources in the BJP said that Ravinder Raina has submitted this resolution with the consent of party leadership. "It is good step by our colleague Ravinder Raina", said Choudhary Sham Lal, MLA Suchetgarh and warned that BJP will not allow discussion of any Bill which hurt sentiments of Hindus. He cautioned NC and other parties against playing with the sentiments of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir.
National Conference has already submitted a memorandum in the Legislative Assembly to revoke ban on beef. In the Bill, NC seek repeal of Section 298-A, 298-B, 298-C and 298-D of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) which ban selling and purchase of beef in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile VHP today threatened to launch a massive agitation and enforce an economic blockade in Jammu and Kashmir if the assembly allowed a discussion to revoke provisions criminalizing bovine slaughter and sale of beef in the state.
"We warn the state government that Jammu would observe a black day and the people of the region would be forced to take to the streets if the Assembly Speaker allowed a discussion on an anti-beef ban bill," Leela Karan Sharma, president of VHP';s state unit told reporters.
"If the beef ban is revoked, VHP would enforce an economic blockade in Kashmir, forcing people to starve. The people of Jammu would not tolerate it...The government will have face consequences," he said.
"People will be forced to take to the streets and launch an agitation similar to the one in 2008 if slaughtering of bovines continued unabated in the region," Sharma said.
He said it was a "sensitive" issue related to religious and emotional sentiments of Hindus. "Nobody should be allowed to play with the sentiments of over one billion Hindus across the globe," he said.