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Farmers Rally against GATT Proposals

Bill therefore would deserve to be withdrawn or deleted. We support the proposed amendments to the Representation of the People Act subject to two changes, namely (a) provision regarding relgious name of a party be deleted and (b) decisions regarding cancellation of registration of political parties under Section 29B be entrusted to the Election Commission. This would require changes in the composition of the Election Commission. It must have at least three members with at least one judicial member. A law must be passed to set up Election Tribunals on the lines of the Administrative Tribunals. Such a law can be passed under Article 323B of the Constitution. Such tribunals would deal with election petitions ABOUT a lakh farmers across the country and farmers' leaders and scientists from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Ethiopia, South Korea, Brazil, Nicaragua, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, and Thailand participated in a day long rally in Bangalore on October 2 to protest against Uruguay Round proposals that they claim would have devastating effects on their livelihoods in general and on their control of seeds in particular. Some of the foreign delegates felt that it was by far the largest public display of opinion anywhere in the world cither for or against the controversial trade talks being held in Geneva under the auspices of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GAIT).

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