New Delhi: After several public slugfests over the issue of corruption, the principal Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again opened a front against the Government.

The BJP on Thursday labelled the draft Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011, prepared by the Sonia-led NAC, as a law fraught with dangerous consequences. Terming the legislation to be more dangerous than TADA the BJP said it would go against the federal structure and pose threat to the secular fabric of the country.

Taking a swipe at the members of the National Advisory Council who have drafted the Bill, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley alleged that the draft has been prepared keeping only Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in mind. Jaitley said the legislation is 'bound to be misused' as it says that members of the majority community are always at fault during riots.

Expressing shock over Sonia Gandhi’s decision to give a go-ahead to the Bill that can have grave consequences, Jaitley objected to the proposals of the Bill which are based on the presumption that Minority communities can never commit communal offence.

'This draft bill proceeds on a presumption that communal trouble is created only by members of the majority community and never by a member of the minority community. Thus, offences committed by members of the majority community against members of the minority community are punishable. Identical offences committed by minority groups against the majority are not deemed to be offences at all,' Jaitley said.

Meanwhile, the Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was determined to take forward the communal violence prevention bill despite objections from the BJP.

'We do not want any state government not to be accountable for the kind of things that happened in the past,' Sibal said, in an apparent reference to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and the post-Godhra riots in 2002.

It’s been nine years since the 2002 pogrom, but in many cases the state government even failed to decide whether to register an FIR, Sibal added.

JPN/Bureau