New Delhi: The proposed Communal Violence Bill on Saturday ran into problem with NDA-ruled states and several other governments, joined by UPA-constituent Trinamool Congress, opposing the ‘dangerous’ legislation and arguing that it would hurt the federal structure of the country.
At a meeting of National Integration Council (NIC) where the concern was on the agenda, NDA and chief ministers of the states ruled by it Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Punjab expressed opposition to the draft legislation in its current form.
Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, who also attended the meeting chaired by PM Manmohan Singh said that the proposed legislation was ‘dangerous’ as it would ‘encourage communalism’ before curbing it by furthering the divide between majority and minority communities.
Dinesh Trivedi, senior leader of Trinamool Congress, a key constituent of the UPA, said that his party also opposes the bill in the present form.
Opposing the Bill, chief minister of BJD-ruled Orissa Naveen Patnaik said that it has some objectionable provisions which directly affect the autonomy of states.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, whose speech was read out in absentia, said that “it is not the opportune moment to comment on the Bill”.