About 35 seers of religious maths across Karnataka have urged the State government not to go back on its promise of bringing about a strong legislation against superstitious practices.

A meeting of the seers held on Tuesday, under the leadership of Nidumamidi Math seer Veerabhadra Chennamalla Swami, resolved to demand a widespread public debate on the two “model bills” submitted to the Chief Minister from two leading universities of legal education in Karnataka, before finalising the legislation.

All religions

Among the other resolutions passed was the demand for bringing under the ambit of the bill superstitious practices in all religions and formation of district-level committees to identify practices that deceive gullible people that need to be brought under the bill. They said a committee should be formed to summarise the proposals emanating from these discussions and formulate a comprehensive legislation. Speaking on the occasion, the Nidumamidi seer condemned the misinformation campaign being carried out by vested interests against the “model bills” which have been presented to the Chief Minister by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU).

Model bills

The seer said that the two model bills presented by NLSIU and the Karnataka Law University were by way of suggestions, and they were not final drafts of the bill. Several “half truths” and deliberately misleading information were being spun around them, he added. He pointed out that the “concept note” prepared by the NLSUI and the “model draft” of the bill were being mixed up, leading to much of the misinformation being spread.

The resolutions passed would be presented to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah when he visits the Nidumamidi math at Gulur in Chickballapur district on Wednesday.

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