Modi writes to CMs, urges them to oppose Communal Violence Bill

Asking his counterparts to rise above politics, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has written to the Chief Ministers of several states on the issue of the Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013, which the Central Government plans to introduce in the ongoing Parliament session. They include Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Prithviraj Chavan (Maharashtra), Okram Ibobi Singh (Manipur) and Dr Mukul Sangma (Meghalaya), among others.

In his letter, Modi has called upon his counterparts to deliberate on the issue, take up the matter with the Central government and oppose this Bill.

Modi wrote that it was important for all Chief Ministers to rise beyond political affiliations and come together to oppose the Bill which, he maintained, was nothing, but a blatant attempt by the Centre to interfere with and intrude upon the powers of elected state governments.

Modi argued that the Bill would polarise society on religious and linguistic lines and would introduce the idea of differential application of criminal law to citizens based on religious and linguistic identities. He wrote that the Bill would demoralise public savants and even affect the way the state government can deal with law and order situations in future.

On Thursday, Modi had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, expressing his strong opposition to the Bill. He had described the Bill as "ill-conceived" and "a recipe for disaster". He had added that it was driven by votebank politics, not genuine concern for the society at large.

Gujarat delegates meet Assam CM to seek support for Sardar statue

Press Trust of India

Guwahati, Dec 6

A 17-member delegation from Gujarat, comprising MPs, MLAs and officials, met Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to seek state government's support for erecting a statue of the country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the banks of Narmada river.

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