The All India Political Parties’ Meet was formed as a body supplementary to the Parliament, without any legislative power. It is a dynamic committee which brings into light the diverse political perspectives and groups to probe and analyse the issues of national importance and arrive at a consensus. In this committee, delegates represent personalities from the divergent group of Indian political parties.
The distinct feature of this symposium is to serve as a platform of unrestricted political debate and deliberation which enhances the quality of the entire discussion. This committee enables the delegate to showcase their political instincts and the politician within them.
Formerly, only organisations could be labelled as a terrorist, if they financed or aided Terrorist Acts. However, the Parliament recently approved amendments to Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 conferring power upon the central as well as state governments to declare an individual as a “terrorist” and also attach his or her properties even before trial.
Soon after ratification, the amendment has come under great scrutiny. People from different social backgrounds have come forward questioning the legality and constitutionality of the bill passed. Opposition parties too, have argued that the amendments are an infringement to individual’s right to liberty.
We, at the conference, shall be discussing the constitutionality of the amendment and the grounds on which the UAPA is violative of the Fundamental Rights. We shall also be analysing how conferring such discretionary and unbound powers upon the central government is an antithesis to Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.