Pros and cons of proposed bill to be discussed

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reiterated here on Monday that the proposed anti-superstition bill will not be tabled in the winter session of the legislature in Belgaum.

Speaking to presspersons at Bajpe after attending a function organised by the Brahmashree Narayanaguru Samaja Seva Sangh, he said the proposed bill would have to be discussed in detail from all angles before tabling it in the legislature.

Maharashtra model

Mr. Siddaramaiah said the Maharashtra government has a legislation banning superstitious practices. The pros and cons of having such a law in the State would have to be discussed first before going ahead with it.

Answering a query, Mr. Siddaramaiah said Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T.B. Jayachandra had only said an attempt would be made to table the bill in the legislature. He [Mr. Jayachandra] did not say that it would be tabled, he said.

Referring to the attack by suspected Maoists at Kuthloor in Belthangady taluk on Saturday, Mr. Siddaramaiah said combing operations were on in the Western Ghats. Earlier, the Commander of the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF), Seemant Kumar Singh, met the Chief Minister at the Mangalore International Airport.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had said the government would re-constitute boards and corporations shortly.