At his monthly press conference, Shinde said that the government was willing to address the concerns of any state on the bill. "It is our effort to bring it in the winter session. If any state government has reservations on any point, they can communicate to me, my office," Shinde said.

"A lot of discussions have been held," he said, and noted that Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami had held a meeting with state home secretaries on the bill.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is opposed to the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill. BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and some chief ministers are also opposing the bill.

(Agencies)

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