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Centre's "double standard" in returning GUJCOCA bill: BJP

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2009 19:44 IST
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The BJP on Sunday said that the Centre's decision to return the tough anti-terror law GUJCOCA back to Gujarat government reflected its "double standard" as a nearly-similar legislation exists in adjacent Congress-NCP ruled Maharashtra.

"The way in which the Gujarat law against organised crime has been returned again by the central government is not the right way to fight terror. Such a law is permissible in a Congress-ruled state like Maharashtra but a nearly similar provision for the state of Gujarat is not to be allowed only shows the double standards," the political resolution adopted by BJP national executive said in New Delhi.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had on Saturday rejected the amendments suggested by the Centre to GUJCOCA, saying it would amount to taking away the "teeth and nails" of the legislation.

Modi said if necessary, the Gujarat government would take the GUCOCA Bill back to the state assembly.

The union cabinet had on Friday decided to send back the GUJCOCA Bill passed by Gujarat assembly to the state, saying that without three key amendments it could not be sent for Presidential assent.

One of the amendments being suggested to the state government is that the provision that confession before a police officer will be admissible should be dropped.