Monday, 26 September, 2011

Tripura Chief Minister opposes Communal Violence Bill

Agartala, Sep 11: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has opposed the proposed Communal Violence Bill 2011 in 15th National Integration Council (NIC) meeting at New Delhi yesterday.

Addressing the meeting, Mr Sarkar termed it an ‘infringement’ on the rights of the states and pointed out that it would seriously impair the federal spirit enshrined in the Constitution of India.

''The existing legal framework is adequate to deal with all kinds of law and order situations, including the communal disturbances, Mr Sarkar said in the statement.

The Bill, drafted by the National Advisory Council, seeks to protect ‘groups’ from communal violence and harm, describing ‘religious and linguistic minority, in any state in the Union of India, or Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes’ as victims.

He attributed that the fundamentalist organisations should be firmly dealt with and should not be allowed to create any communal disturbances in the country.

''An appropriate development strategy can play a crucial role in promoting national integration,'' he said, adding that all the national and regional political parties should launch an all out ideological and political campaign to promote national unity and integration.

Earlier, veteran RSS leader Ram Madhav had urged Mr Sarkar to oppose the Communal and Targeted Violence (CTV) (Justice and Reparation) Bill 2011 drafted by National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Sonia Gandhi.

--UNI

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