Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Monday gave his consent to support the anti-blind faith Bill. Sena,which was earlier against the enforcement of the Bill,appears to have reconsidered its decision after MNS openly came in support of it.
Both Sena and MNS members in the Legislative Assembly had expressed serious reservations when the Bill came up for discussion in the recently concluded Monsoon Session. No decision could be taken due to the lack of consensus among the political parties. Members of the ruling Congress and NCP also used Sena and BJP to stall the Bill. However,Dhabolkars death last month evoked a strong reaction and forced the government to issue an ordinance implementing the anti-blind faith Bill across the state.
Meanwhile,Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti chief Shyam Manav,who is trying to build consensus among the political leadership to support the Bill to ensure its passage in the Assembly and Legislative Council in the Winter Session in Nagpur in December,held a meeting with Uddhav Thackeray as part of the exercise. The Sena president later held discussions with party leaders and asked them to support the legislation.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Harshvardhan Patil said: The government will certainly bring the Bill in the next session notwithstanding the ordinance enforced in the state.