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Gujarat governor returns Narendra Modi's mandatory voting bill

In a setback to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, state Governor Kamla has returned a bill seeking to make voting mandatory in the state on the ground that the legislation violates the Constitution and objecting to punishment clause for those choosing not to vote.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2010 21:29 IST

In a setback to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, state Governor Kamla has returned a bill seeking to make voting mandatory in the state on the ground that the legislation violates the Constitution and objecting to punishment clause for those choosing not to vote.

The bill was passed by Gujarat assembly in December 2009.

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ashok Bhatt said the bill has been returned by the Governor a few days back.

Sources in the state Assembly secretariat said the Governor has raised two main objections while returning the bill.

"The main objection cited by the Governor is that the bill violates constitutional provision which does not allow voting to be made mandatory and that no punishment can be meted out for not participating in the exercise of voting," a senior official in the Assembly secretariat said.

Moreover, the Governor also noted that the mandatory voting bill be separated from the bill seeking 50 per cent reservation for women in local bodies election.

The Gujarat government had clubbed together the two bills putting opposition Congress in a dilemma as it had favoured the reservation for women bill but was opposed to the mandatory voting bill.