26 Apr : President Pratibha Patil has sent back to the Union Home Ministry its recommendation on Gujarat’s controversial anti-terror law and directed it to seek Union Cabinet’s concurrence to its move to get the bill returned to the BJP-ruled state without signing.
Officials accompanying Patil, who is is on a state visit to Poland on the second leg of her two-nation European tour, said the President has told the Home ministry that the Cabinet should decide on its recommendation.
"The President has sent the proposal back to MHA for reconsideration. This should be decided by the Cabinet," the officials told the news agency today.
Patil’s action is seen as a rare intervention since she assumed the highest Constitutional office in July 2007
Gujarat Chief Minister Nanrendra Modi has been pushing hard to get Centre’s clearance for the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime(GUJCOC) bill.
Modi also brought up today the issue of what he said the delay in getting Centre’s clearance for the Bill ever since it was passed in the state Assembly in 2003.
"I have met prime minister almost ten times on the issue of GUJCOC bill and each time he had told me is it still pending. This shows that the government is run by someone else," Modi told the news agency in an interview in Ahmedabad.