Congress downplays differences with TMC
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Last Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011, 20:14
New Delhi: Congress on Monday downplayed differences with ally Trinamool Congress after the latter joined NDA and some other parties in slamming certain provisions of the proposed Communal Violence Bill.

Describing Trinamool Congress' objections as "honest, merit based and bonafide differences", Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi disapproved of efforts to play them up and "exaggerate them" as political differences.

Singhvi said such contentions are not correct and stressed that matters are resolved with negotiations. This too will be resolved, he said.

The party's reaction came two days after a meeting the National Integration Council (NIC) on Saturday which saw states run by NDA parties and UPA constituent Trinamool Congress coming together to oppose the proposed legislation as anti-federal in nature. They were of the view that the bill should not be brought before Parliament.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured them that the Centre had no intention of tampering with federal structure of the country which has worked well.


First Published: Monday, September 12, 2011, 20:14

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