Taking strong exception to it, BJP today said the ‘guest control order’ restricting guests on marriage ceremonies is an “attack on the religious affairs of the Hindus” even as maintaining that it will take the issue before the party high command and also before the public.
“The government should have put the draft of the order before the public to elicit the response. The decision is not limited to one department, it’s an interference in the religious affairs of the Hindus and it should not be implemented hastily,” said BJP state unit president Sat Pal Sharma.
The ‘Guest Control Order’ capping the list of invitees for marriage function to maximum 500 and 100 for smaller functions was issued by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) department headed by Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, PDP MLA from Drahal in Rajouri district.
The BJP had in 2003 also opposed the order when it was first issued capping the invitees to 150. The party then had only one MLA- Jugal Kishore from Nagrota constituency. This constituency is now being represented by NC MLA Devender Rana. It had then also held protest demonstration against the order.
The order was struck down by the court after Jammu Banquet Hall Association approached it, the party said.
BJP MLC Ashok Khajuria said it was “unilateral decision by the PDP and the party will bring up the issue before the party high command.
“It’s an attack on the religious sentiments of the Hindus and we will not accept it. We were not taken into confidence and will not allow its implementation,” Ashok Khauria told GK.
Khajuria said the party will take this issue before the public and build public pressure in forcing the government to rescind the order.
The minister had said the order will be implemented from April 2017 and the buffer period of 40 days is given as many people have already distributed the invitation cards and have made arrangements.
Political observers believe the implementation could be delayed as there is strong opposition by the alliance partner itself.
Sources said the BJP state unit president had taken up the issue with the minister asking for its rollback. The party has communicated its resentment to the deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh.
The Congress which had first issued order in 2004 – Taj Mohiud-din was the then CAPD minister- has also said it has deep social and religious implications and should have been first debated with the political parties before going public.
“It has many implications and if the government is so serious it should have debated it in the just concluded Assembly session before going public. If the BJP says it was not consulted then it’s clear that PDP had rushed it just for some popularity,” JKPCC chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma.