Ahmedabad, Aug 31: In another attempt to push for the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) bill, Chief Minister Narendra Modi has now turned to the Gujarati NRI community for support. Addressing the World Gujarati Conference in Edison though satellite, the CM appealed to the NRIs to write to Prime Minster Manmohan Singh and ask him to pass the anti-terror bill for his state.
He said, "We have appealed to the Centre to intervene, but I want our Gujarati brethren living overseas to also write to the Prime Minister of India asking him to pass the law on terror that the State govt has drafted." Modi on Friday, Aug 29, had met both the Prime Minister as well as the Home Minister, highlighting the need for the bill to be passed, in order to combat terrorism in his state especially after the Ahmedabad blasts that hit the city last month.
Prior to the meeting with the PM, at a function in Mundra town of Kutch district Modi reiterated the state's demand for the Central approval of tougher law to the fight terror --Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC).
"If a terrorist is caught in Maharashtra, he is tried under the same kind of law --MACOCA--while the UPA government is not allowing Gujarat to try a terroist caught in Gujarat under GUJCOC," he said at a public function.
United States on Saturday, Aug 30 yet again denied visa for Narendra Modi to attend the World Gujarati Conference that is being held in New Jersey this weekend. Modi has been addressing many such events via video conferencing from 2005 after being denied US visa by that country. He was denied US visa after the 2002 riots in Gujarat.