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Sikkim govt takes anti-protest bill to masses

india Updated: Aug 28, 2011 19:42 IST

After Opposition forced the Sikkim government to withdraw a controversial bill, which sought to ban protests in the state, the administration has gone on a drive to generate public opinion in favour of the proposed legislation.

The Pawan Kumar Chamling government is distributing pamphlets among people to explain the aims and provisions of Sikkim Prevention and Control of Disturbance of Public Order Bill.

The bill is aimed at ensuring communal harmony as well as adequate justice to the society and not anti-people, as being dubbed by the Opposition, officials said.

The Sikkim government had formally withdrawn the bill in the Assembly that sought a ban on public demonstrations, including sit-ins and rocessions.

The introduction of the Bill by Chamling on August 11 led to widespread protests and demonstrations all over the state. Governor Balmiki Prasad Singh had also advised the government to withdraw the controversial legislation.