Nitish opposes communal riots bill in present form

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


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

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