The verification committee, headed by Law Minister T B Jayachandra, has given its green signal to table the much debated Karnataka Evil, Inhuman and Superstitious Practices Prevention and Eradication Bill in the Cabinet. If it gets a go ahead then it will be tabled at the November Assembly session, reported Kannada Prabha.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting Minister T B Jayachandra said the committee has agreed to the modifications in the bill and has decided to table it at the next Session and then pass it. Around 150 seers of various mutts, religious leaders, including Veerabhadra Channamalla Swamy of Nidumamidi mutt have submitted their opinion in writing to the committee. However so far not a single seer has outright rejected the bill.
After the Cabinet’s decision the draft bill will once again be available for public debate. After collecting public opinion it will once again be presented in the Cabinet, he said.
The bill has been vetted by Justice Shivaraj Patil for its legal correctness. The bill has followed the Maharashtra model to a great extent. There is no restriction of daily poojas, worships and traditional rituals that are harmless. It has been clarified what comes under superstition and what comes under beliefs. When quizzed what the bill says about astrologers, the Minister said the astrologers charge fee but do not give a receipt. Nothing can be said about them right now, he said.
The dates of next assembly session has not yet been decided. Speakers K B Koliwad and D H Shankaramurthy have met the Governor to discuss about holding a joint session on the occasion of Diamond Jubilee of Vidhana Soudha. The President participating in the Session has not yet been confirmed.
Responding to Tumakuru Congress MLA K N Rajanna he said KPCC President Dr Parameshwar is also from Tumakuru and he has been observing Rajanna’s statements. Rajanna is giving statements every day. Hence refused to comment on it.
Answering a question about people gheroing him at Chirate Halli at Andhra border, he said some JD(S) supporters had heated exchange of words with Congress members. It is purely political and not based on facts he said.