VHP opposes Communal Violence Bill, threatens nation-wide stir

Last Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 23:45

Allahabad: Rubbishing the proposed Communal Violence Bill as "complete mockery of natural justice" and an instance of "religious discrimination against Hindus", VHP on Thursday threatened to launch a nation-wide agitation if the Centre went ahead with the controversial legislation.

"The basic principle of law is that it should be applicable to all. But the proposed bill only targets Hindus while remaining silent on acts of violence by Muslims against the majority community or other minority communities," Vishwa Hindu Parishad International Working President Pravin Togadia said here in a statement.

He alleged that the bill "has in its premise that all Hindus are criminals and all Muslims are innocent victims" and claimed that if it became a law, "the country will become unsafe for all non-Muslims".

"VHP appeals to all political parties to oppose the proposed bill tooth and nail as it not only targets Hindus but also interferes with the powers of state governments," he said.

"If the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre still decides to go ahead, VHP will be compelled to launch a nation-wide agitation. In the meantime, the VHP exhorts all citizens to register their protest by writing letters to the effect to the President, the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India", Togadia said.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has also written a letter to the Prime Minister describing the bill as a "recipe for disaster".

PTI

First Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 23:45

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