Karnataka assembly passes controversial anti-conversion bill

Karnataka: Amid opposition uproar, the Karnataka Assembly passed the contentious anti-conversion bill dubbed 'Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021' on Thursday.

Minister Ashwathnarayan stated that this was a long-awaited bill that will bring society together. "It will make transparency and accountability easier to achieve." "It's a forward-thinking bill that will solve many of the existing difficulties," the minister stated.

During debate on the law, the Opposition Congress appeared to be on the defensive, with the Basavaraj Bommai-led administration saying that the legislation was introduced by the grand old party, which had Siddaramaiah in the chief minister's chair. The ruling camp also presented documentation to the House to back up its assertion.

While Siddaramaiah, the Assembly's leader of the Opposition, initially denied the charge, he later went through the records in the speaker's office and admitted that as the chief minister, he had only asked for a draught bill in this regard to be presented to the cabinet and that no decision had been reached.

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