Communal violence bill: UPA eyeing polls, says BJP

Slamming the UPA Government for seeking a push to the controversial Communal Violence Bill, BJP charged it with playing "communal politics".

Bangalore: Slamming the UPA Government for seeking a push to the controversial Communal Violence Bill, BJP on Tuesday charged it with playing "communal politics" eyeing forthcoming Assembly polls in five states.

"They (Congress) have been in power for almost ten years and had chosen not to table the Bill in the Parliament. But they are making noise when the elections are nearing," BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters here.

Minority Affairs minister K Rahman Khan, while noting that Muzaffarnagar riots had underlined inadequacies in existing laws to deal with such clashes, has strongly pitched for the introduction of the Bill in the Winter Session.

"Rahman Khan`s comments are provocative," Lekhi said.

Congress wants to destroy the amity and social fabric by dividing the communities on religious lines to "serve its agenda of divide and rule", she charged.

"The government which has failed on issues of governance has stooped very low in corruption and is trying to divert the agenda into Hindu versus Muslim versus Christian versus Sikh versus others agenda," she said.

The Bill had provisions that a Hindu, against whom any Muslim and Christian minority make any complaint, shall be presumed in law to be guilty by police and courts till that Hindu proves his innocence, Lekhi said.

She said the Bill had provisions that an accused Hindu shall have to be immediately arrested as all offences under the Bill are non-bailable and cognizable and a minority cannot be punished for making even false complaints against Hindu.

To a query, Lekhi alleged that Chinese border incursions and repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan were "the making" of a "weak" Congress-led UPA government which should re-devise its foreign policy.

She said India should befriend neighbouring countries of China to check the "dragon" so that it does not become "uncontrollable".

On Bangalore-based Amanath Bank scam involving alleged irregularities when Rahman Khan was its President in the past, Lekhi said inspite of cases pending in various courts, move was on for the illegal takeover of the bank through Canara Bank against the norms of finance statutes.

"This is a ploy to save the Congress` face from allegations of embezzlements of huge funds belonging to one lakh three thousand depositors who are not allowed to withdraw more than Rs 1000 per month," she alleged.