Jayalalithaa opposes Communal Violence Bill

Last Updated: Monday, August 1, 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 1, 2011 - 18:34

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