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Ruling, Opposition to jointly finalize rules for dance bars in the state

Following the Supre Court order of lifting the ban on dance bars, the BJP-led Maharashtra government and the Opposition will jointly finalise rules for dance bars in the state.

A committee will be formed which will comprise of legislators from the Legislative Assembly and Council to vet the state government’s draft rules. “We don’t want to get into a fight with the judiciary. All of us wish dance bars should not start for the harm they cause to the society. Now we can’t play on emotions of anyone. It is a question of law. We can constitute a committee of legislators from both Houses to finalise the draft rules,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The committee will go over the draft rules prepared by the state government over the next five days, and take the Advocate General’s opinion if necessary. The state government will present the final draft for approval before the state legislature in the ongoing budget session.

Fadnavis was responding to a calling attention motion in the Upper House, which Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde had raised with other legislators. “Today, 99 percent of people are for a ban on dance bars, except perhaps, the bar owners. If we think of a way to shame people who visit dance bars, people will stop going,” the Cm added.

 

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