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It is the first time a country’s president has been able to sign a bill to abolish all public booths in the country.
But the government will be busy with another major initiative, a bill on the abolition of all power stations in the state of Gujarat, which is the most populous state in the nation.
The bill will be debated in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, when the state will become the first state to go green.
It is expected to pass.
The power-hungry Bharatiya Janata Party government, led by prime minister Narendra Modi, has proposed a slew of measures, ranging from the power cuts that are already going on across the country to a ban on the sale of alcohol and even the sale and consumption of beef.
But this bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha by BJP leader and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath on Monday, has taken a very different tack.
The law will prohibit all public gatherings, including those to protest against the demonetisation of high-value currency notes and the implementation of the government’s plan to introduce a cashless economy.
The BJP leader has also promised to ban the sale, import and sale of all electronic devices, including phones, in the State.
This is not the first bill of this nature.
Earlier this year, the government banned the sale in some states of a digital camera, a Bluetooth speaker and a video game console, along with several electronic products.
However, this is the biggest one and comes after a spate of controversial measures in recent years.
The main point of the new bill is to make it easier for people to protest, said Prashant Kumar, a senior political scientist at the Centre for Policy Research.
In Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP is in power, the bill will prohibit public gatherings in the name of the protesters.
It will also provide a mechanism to ban all electronic goods, including smartphones and computers, in certain areas of the state.
“The government is keen on banning all electronic products in the same way that it is also keen on bans on certain types of cigarettes and alcohol,” said Kumar.
This, he added, will have “adverse consequences” for people’s health.
The government has also sought to ban any sale or consumption of meat, poultry, fish and eggs.
The law, however, is not a complete ban.
It has not mentioned all these items, Kumar said.
The government will also not be able to ban certain kinds of liquor, he said.
In other states, the ban will also include the sale or possession of alcohol, including toddy, beer and wine.
“This is a very important point, as it will be very hard to restrict consumption of these drinks, as they are already on sale in many places in India,” Kumar said, adding that a ban of alcohol is an important step to curb the rise of drinking.
The opposition Bharatiyas Centre for Development Studies said the ban on alcohol will have a negative impact on the lives of the people of Uttar Nadu.
“The BJP government has already tried to ban consumption of alcohol in a manner that is very restrictive, which has created a huge number of problems,” said Ananth Kumar, the group’s secretary.
“It is an attempt to appease the public and not tackle the underlying causes of the problems.
It seems like they are trying to avoid dealing with the issue of corruption,” he added.
In Gujarat, the BJP government is likely to move the bill to the Rajiv Gandhi High Court.