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Gadkari defends new Motor Vehicles Act, says states free to decide on penalty rates

New Delhi [India], Sept 11 (ANI): Facing severe criticism from the Opposition and BJP-ruled states alike over the amended Motor Vehicles Act, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday continued to maintain his support for the new law while informing that states have authority to decide on the fine rates.Gadkari also shied away from commenting on the politics behind opposition by BJP-ruled states.Denying any politics behind the sudden lack of support to the bill that was passed duly in both Houses of Parliament, Gadkari maintained that it is up to the states to care for the lives of their people. It is not about politics or BJP or Congress. If states want to accept the logic behind the amendments, they will implement it. For me, it is not politics, the minister told ANI.Several BJP-ruled states, especially in poll-bound Haryana and Maharashtra, have been apparently reluctant to implement the new Motor Vehicles Act.During the past few years, Gadkari has strongly backed the Act, ...


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