The Shiv Sena has warned the government that it will strongly oppose the anti-superstition bill if their the doubts of Hindu religious leaders go unaddressed. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who met a delegation of leaders from various Hindu religious sects on Friday, said that until their concerns were addressed and that the Sena would not support the law.
Warkari sect leaders claim that the law is against Hindu religious traditions and affect the spread of religion. They had also said that though the state government had promulgated an ordinance after making changes in the draft law, it was still lacking.
The law proposes stringent punishments for practices like black magic and magical remedies to cure ailments. The Sena’s opposition may now thwart it’s progress. Uddhav told the delegation that he had heard about various angles to the law, including the views of Dr Manav and his activists but had not declared his support to it. He added that if the gaps in the ordinance still persisted, they needed to be done away with. “I will never blindly support a law which attacks religion,” Uddhav was quoted as saying by the Sena mouthpiece Saamna of which he is the editor.
Religious leaders have also threatened to agitate in case the government does not hold discussions with them and have demanded that the definition of offences in the law be well-rounded.