"It is important for all chief ministers to rise beyond political affiliations and come together to oppose the bill, which is nothing but a blatant attempt by the Centre to interfere with and intrude upon the powers of elected state governments," Modi said in his letters to the chief ministers.

The Bill, he said, would polarize the society and would introduce the idea of differential application of criminal law to citizens based on religious and linguistic identities. Modi said it would also demoralize public servants and impact how the state government can deal with law and order situations in future.

Recipients of the letter include Shivraj Singh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh), Prithviraj Chavan (Maharashtra), Okram Ibobi Singh (Manipur) and Mukul Sangma (Meghalaya) among others, officials said.

Modi’s letters to the chief ministers came a day after he wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue, terming the bill as "recipe for disaster". The UPA government plans to introduce the 'Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013' in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

The Gujarat Chief Minister has called upon his counterparts in other states to discuss the issue and oppose the bill.


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