The much-awaited Uttar Pradesh Control of Organized Crime Bill (UPCOCB) was passed in the UP Assembly by voice vote. The bill was earlier tabled in the assembly in December last year, but following objections from the opposition, it could not be passed.
Soon after taking charge of the state, chief minister Adityanath Yogi directed his officers to come up with more stringent and effective means of controlling crime. The then home secretary, Mani Prasad Mishra, collected information about the laws regarding control of organised crime in states like Maharashtra, Delhi and Bihar.
“Organised crime is a matter of national and international concern. As UP is a big state with a population of nearly 25 Crores, we need a more stringent and effective means to control crime and nail down criminals”, Yogi said.
The ruling BJP is in minority in the legislative council. In the 100-member council, it has just 13 members. The SP has 61 members, BSP nine, Congress two, RLD one and other parties 12. Two seats are vacant.
The opposition termed it a black day in the history of the state. “The bill is undemocratic and in the absence of the opposition from house today, the government passed the bill at its own will. The sheer motive of the bill is to harass opposition parties”, leader of opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary, said.