Rais­ing Beef Ban and Ar­ti­cle 35(A) Triv­ial Pur­suit: BJP’s J&K Min­is­ter

“Why should we teach mean­ing­less things to our chil­dren? We should con­cen­trate on build­ing schools, roads and pro­vide clean drink­ing wa­ter to peo­ple.”

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

PDP rule, the three is­sues had soured the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the coali­tion part­ners. It also saw a mob killing a man in Ud­ham­pur over false ac­cu­sa­tions of con­sum­ing beef. “These (beef ban, Ar­ti­cle 35(A) and hoist­ing of flag) are triv­ial is­sues. They have no value. If you ask me, our work should de­fine us,” Singh told ET at his of­fice in Jammu. He said these is­sues should not be raised. Those who raised the is­sues had “noth­ing else to do.”

Lead­ers of the BJP had last year ap­proached the state high court, seek­ing strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of the beef ban law, chal­leng­ing Ar­ti­cle 35(A) and de­manded that the state flag be not hoisted along with the Tri­colour. The is­sues ul­ti­mately led to the de­lay in the BJP-PDP al­liance tak­ing of­fice un­der Me­hbooba Mufti, who sought re­as­sur­ances from BJP to not rake up the is­sues af­ter she was sworn in as chief min­is­ter.

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