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Karnataka Government Not To Introduce "Uniform Civil Code" Bill In Ongoing Session

The proposed Bill seeks to ban any company from advertising with a claim that a religious institution has certified the food product, sources said. Some Hindutva groups have been carrying on a campaign against halal certification in recent times.

Basavaraj Bommai
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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said the bill regarding implementation of "Uniform Civil Code" (UCC) in the State will not be introduced during the ongoing winter session of the legislature here. "There are no chances of tabling it during this session," Bommai told reporters in response to a question whether a bill on UCC will be tabled during this session.

The Chief Minister had recently said serious discussions were going on for implementing the UCC in Karnataka. He had also said he is gathering information regarding developments in various States and what the Constitution says vis-a-vis the UCC, and any decision on implementing it in the state, will be taken after going through them.

Asked about a BJP MLC planning to introduce a private member bill which reportedly seeks to ban halal certification, Bommai said, "Let's see when it comes; private member bill has its own position. We will see what it is." BJP MLC N Ravi Kumar had written to the Chairman of Legislative Council, seeking permission to introduce a private member’s Bill in the legislature session to amend Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, to ban any private organisation from issuing certification of foods.

The proposed Bill seeks to ban any company from advertising with a claim that a religious institution has certified the food product, sources said. Some Hindutva groups have been carrying on a campaign against halal certification in recent times. Responding to a question regarding a Maharashtra MP wanting to visit  Belagavi, the CM said, "we have restrained him. Not only that, another three to four people wanted to enter, we have restrained everybody. We will not allow anyone to enter Karnataka unlawfully."

The ten-day long winter session began in this border district by paying obituary to former deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly Vishwanath Chandrashekar Mamani, Samajwadi Party leader  Mulayam Singh Yadav, and eight other former MLAs who had passed away recently.

Hoping that the session will be productive and successful with good discussion, Bommai said, the government is ready for any discussion and this is the right forum. "We are also ready to discuss the issues relating to this  (north Karnataka) region," he added. 

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