Jayalalithaa opposes Communal Violence Bill
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Last Updated: Monday, August 01, 2011, 19:43
  
Chennai: Drumming up support to her opposition to the draft Communal Violence Bill, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written to her non-Congress counterparts and MPs urging them to unite in "throwing out the "fascist bill" at the introduction stage itself.

The Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill 2011 proposed provisions that were a "blatant attempt," by the UPA to totally bypass state governments and keep them under "constant threat of dismissal", she said in a statement here on Monday.

"I have also written to all the non-Congress chief ministers requesting them to oppose this Bill. A copy of my statement (issued last week) has also been sent to all the non-Congress, non-DMK MPs for raising their voice against this fascist Bill," she said.

"I appeal to all right-thinking political parties and the MPs to look at the real intentions of the UPA government at the Centre in piloting this bill and unite in throwing it out at the introduction stage itself."

She recalled her statement issued on July 29 pointing out the real motives behind the "apparently altruistic bill".

In a hard-hitting statement last week, the AIADMK chief had slammed the bill as "fascist" and said it would give sweeping powers to the Centre and keep the states under constant threat of dismissal.

Under the garb of preventing communal and targeted violence, the bill was yet another "blatant attempt" to totally bypass the state governments, she had said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, August 01, 2011, 18:34


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