Modi writes to CMs,urges them to oppose Communal Violence Bill

Modi had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,expressing his strong opposition to the Bill.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published: December 7, 2013 4:14 am

Asking his counterparts to rise above politics,BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has written to the Chief Ministers of several states on the issue of the Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill,2013,which the Central Government plans to introduce in the ongoing Parliament session. They include Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh),Prithviraj Chavan (Maharashtra),Okram Ibobi Singh (Manipur) and Dr Mukul Sangma (Meghalaya),among others.

In his letter,Modi has called upon his counterparts to deliberate on the issue,take up the matter with the Central government and oppose this Bill.

Modi wrote that it was important for all Chief Ministers to rise beyond political affiliations and come together to oppose the Bill which,he maintained,was nothing,but a blatant attempt by the Centre to interfere with and intrude upon the powers of elected state governments.

Modi argued that the Bill would polarise society on religious and linguistic lines and would introduce the idea of differential application of criminal law to citizens based on religious and linguistic identities. He wrote that the Bill would demoralise public savants and even affect the way the state government can deal with law and order situations in future.

On Thursday,Modi had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,expressing his strong opposition to the Bill. He had described the Bill as “ill-conceived” and “a recipe for disaster”. He had added that it was driven by votebank politics,not genuine concern for the society at large.

Gujarat delegates meet Assam CM to seek support for Sardar statue

Press Trust of India

Guwahati,Dec 6

A 17-member delegation from Gujarat,comprising MPs,MLAs and officials,met Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to seek state government’s support for erecting a statue of the country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the banks of Narmada river.

The delegation,led by Gujarat Minister for Social Justice,Empowerment and Youth Culture Ramanlal Vora,called on Gogoi on Thursday night and apprised him about the ambitious project taken up by Gujarat Government to erect a giant statue of Sardar Patel measuring 182 metres in height.

Vora said that it was apt that iron be collected from different parts of the country for the ‘Statue of Unity’ as Sardar Vallabhbhai was known as the ‘Loha Purush’ (Iron Man) of India.

Gogoi while extending his government’s support for the project,pointed out that Sardar Patel did not belong to Gujarat alone but to the whole country.

“Sardar Patel was a leader of national stature and held in high esteem and respected by one and all. He belonged to the whole country,” he said.

The delegation also gave Gogoi a letter of appeal personally signed by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Besides Vora,the delegation comprised among others Minister of State for Salt Industry Vasanbhai Ahir,Member of Parliament Mansukhbhai Vasava,MLAs Ashokbhai Patel,Kishorbhai Chauhan,Jitubhai Vaghani,Nimashaben Suthar and Dushyantbhai Patel.

The delegation would also visit Meghalaya and Nagaland to seek support for the mega statue project.

CM to address rally near Ranchi on Dec 29

Ranchi: The BJP has decided to hold their proposed December 29 rally,to be addressed by its prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi,at Dhurwa on the outskirts of Ranchi,where the NIA is intermittently conducting raids in connection with the October 27 Patna blasts. “The proposed rally to be attended by BJP’s national president Rajnath Singh and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be held at a ground situated at Sector-III,Dhurwa,” party’s Jharkhand unit president Ravindra Rai said on Friday. PTI

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