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Report No. 262

(v) Recent Political Developments

1.3.17 Some recent developments indicate an increase in political opinion in favour of abolition. Most recently, in August 2015, the Tripura Assembly voted in favour of a resolution seeking the abolition of the death penalty.44

44. Syed Sajjad Ali, Tripura passes Resolution against Death Penalty, The Hindu, 7 August 2015.

1.3.18 Demands for the abolition of the death penalty have been made by the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI (M)], the Communist Party of India (Marxis.- Leninist Liberation) [CPI (M-L)] the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), the Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam (GMI), the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).45

45. See PTI, Left joint movement asks Centre to not hang Yakub Memon, Economic Times, 27 July, 2015; IANS, Death penalty: CPI leader D. Raja moves private member's resolution, Economic Times, 31 July, 2015.; ET Bureau, Seeking end to death penalty, DMK's Kanimozhi set to move private member's bill, Economic Times, 7 August, 2015; See also: Repeal Death Penalty, CPI M-L, 30 June, 2015, available at
http://cpiml.in/cms/editorials/item/150-repeal-death-penalty
(last viewed on 20.08.2015).

1.3.19 On 31st July, 2015, D. Raja of the CPI introduced a Private Member's Bill asking the Government to declare a moratorium on death sentences pending the abolition of the death penalty.46 In August 2015, DMK Member of Parliament Kanimozhi introduced a private member's bill in the Rajya Sabha seeking abolition of capital punishment.47

46. IANS, Death penalty: CPI leader D. Raja moves private member's resolution, Economic Times, 31 July, 2015.

47. ET Bureau, Seeking end to death penalty, DMK's Kanimozhi set to move private member's bill, Economic Times 7 August, 2015.



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