Nitish opposes communal riots bill in present form
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Last Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011, 18:52
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday opposed the Centre's proposed Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill in its present form, saying it would encroach upon the rights of the states.

"The draft of the bill has been circulated to us (the states).... We are opposed to certain points," Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of his weekly 'Janata Darbar'.

"The present form of the bill is such that the Centre will always treat any administrative problem as a mistake of the state....," he said, adding the bill should be based on "good assumptions".

"The draft bill violates the spirit of federalism in the country ... It also mentions application of Article 355 of Constitution," he said, adding the state government had already made its stand clear during the meeting of National Integration Council.

He said if any bill is brought on the basis of presumptions "that the state government always commits mistakes it would be opposed.

"It is not that only states commit mistakes.... The Centre too commits mistakes as is evident from the CVC appointment fiasco and the 1989 Bhagalpur riots when the Congress was in power at the Centre and the state as well.... We have explained these matters.

"In the case of Bhagalpur riots, the Centre had committed administrative mistakes in the posting of an officer," he alleged.


First Published: Monday, September 12, 2011, 18:52

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