calling the communal violence Bill regressive,vague and one which runs counter to the spirit of the Constitution,MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan Friday requested the PM not to introduce it in the winter session of Parliament and to drop it altogether.
In a letter to the PM,Chouhan said his government was committed to stamping out communal violence but argued the proposed Bill would create more difficulties than achieve the objective. He said the Bill not only attempts to abrogate and usurp the legislative powers of the state government but also tries to trample upon the basic tenets of criminal jurisprudence. Certain provisions of the Bill are based on a dangerous assumption that law enforcing functionaries and other instruments of the state automatically collude to perpetuate communal violence, Chouhan wrote,a day after his Gujarat counterpart stongly opposed it.
Chouhan accused the Centre of framing laws on state subjects and cited the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition,Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013,the Agriculture Biosecurity Bill 2011 as examples.