Staff Correspondent

Do not allow conduct of Datta Jayanti: Nagaraj

HASSAN: CPI(M) State secretary G.N. Nagaraj has urged the Centre to place before Parliament the Bill on Prevention/ Regulation of Communal Violence durign the winter session.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Wednesday, Mr. Nagaraj said an assurance to this effect had been given at the Common Minimum Programme meeting. The draft was ready and the Standing Committee had approved it, he said.

Mr. Nagaraj said that a CPI(M) delegation comprising himself, party's State Secretariat member S.Y. Gurushanth, and Nityananda Swamy and B. Sukumar, had visited Bababudangiri on Tuesday and discussed with the Chikmagalur district administration the call given by "communal" parties to conduct Datta Jayanti on December 4.

Mr. Nagaraj said that the CPI(M) had felt that the visit to Bababudangiri was a necessity as the Government seemed to be wavering after the declaration of Chamundeswari byelection date and the announcement made by Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy that the Government would perform the Datta Jayanti. Mr. Nagaraj said that Home Minister M.P. Prakash who had visited Chikmagalur on Monday had informed the media that he would discuss the Datta Jayanti issue in the coordination committee. Mr. Nagaraj said that the Government should follow the court orders strictly. The conduct of Datta Jayanti, Shoba Yatra, Sankirthana Yatra, and Datta Mala Abhiyan should be banned, he said.

The CPI(M) would conduct a State-wide protest in front of taluk and Deputy Commissioner's offices on December 1, demanding banning of Shoba Yatra, he said.