Mamata Banerjee attacks centre over communal violence bill

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday accused the central government of "unnecessary interfering in the activities of the state governments" after a bill on preventing communal violence was revived.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday accused the central government of "unnecessary interfering in the activities of the state governments" after a bill on preventing communal violence was revived.

"Just a few months before the Model Code of Conduct for general elections comes into being, the central government has again brought a bill called `Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013`, which impinges upon the domain of maintenance of law and order by the state government. It looks like a political vendetta," said Banerjee on her official Facebook page.

"Continuous and unnecessary interference in the activities of the state governments is totally anti-federal and unconstitutional. In the name of prevention of communal violence, the central government should not usurp the constitutional powers of the state governments. I strongly oppose this idea," added Banerjee.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party has dubbed the Bill that aims to protect minorities from targeted attacks, as "anti-majority", some regional parties feel it violates federal principles.

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