The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asked the opposition National Conference to clear its stand on cow slaughter and sale of beef in the state.
Recently, the Jammu and Kashmir high court asked the government to ensure implementation of a ban on slaughter of bovine, sale and possession of beef dating back to the period of the Dogra rulers.
In a press statement, BJP spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan said, "The people of J&K, the Jammu province in particular, have every right to know whether the NC opposes cow slaughter and sale of beef or is the party against the high court verdict."
The BJP leader added that silence on part of the NC "cannot mislead the people of a particular faith".
"NC provincial president and MLA Nagrota, who always remain vocal in reacting and making statements on all the issues to remain in news and project himself as the messiah of the people of Jammu, must make it clear whether he and his party supports or opposes the ban," Rattan said.
Rattan said the BJP has made it "loud and clear" that it honours the court verdict, and added that any move to lift the ban will be opposed. "The issue is directly concerned with the religious sentiments of the Hindu community, including Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists," he said
"People of Nagrota expect their MLA to support the ban on cow slaughter and sale of beef as he also represents the Hindu community," Rattan added.