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.