Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is contemplating bringing in a Bill to regulate and control the religious places on private and public land.
A presentation in this regard was made before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently, sources here on Saturday said.
This could be the second time such a move has been initiated. A similar attempt was made by the BJP government in the state in January 2000, during Ram Prakash Gupta government.
Named ‘UP Regulation of Public Religious Building and Places Bill 2000’, the previous bill was passed by the state assembly amid loud protests by the Opposition. However, when it went for the assent of Raj Bhawan, the then governor Suraj Bhan sent it to the President for his consent.
The Presidential consent never came and the Bill failed to turn into an Act for its implementation.
But this time government could consider promulgating an ordinance for its immediate implementation.
The new law is likely to be called ‘Uttar Pradesh Regulation and Registration of Religious Places’. The new law would be moved by the religious affairs department with views and inputs from the law and parliamentary affairs departments also.
But it was sure that opposition parties would object to the new law like they did in the past.
The Yogi Adityanath government has already introduced an anti-conversion ordinance and ‘Recovery of Damage to Public and Private Property Ordinance’ which have generated much heat.