Modi has also written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to register his opposition to the bill.
 
“Communal Violence Bill is ill-conceived, poorly drafted & a recipe for disaster!” Modi said on twitter.

“Timing of Communal Violence Bill is suspicious. Political considerations & votebank politics rather than genuine concerns are guiding it,” he added.

Modi also urged the Prime Minister to seek wider consultation with the states and various stakeholders of the bill before proceeding any further on a bill like this.
 
“If a Legislation has to be implemented by the States, should it not be legislated by the States?” he said on twitter.



“If implemented, Communal Violence Bill would fragment society & increase violence. It will have results opposite of the stated objective,” he added.

“Communal Violence Bill is in clear violation of India's federal structure. Centre is busy forming laws on matters that are in the State List,” Modi said in a series of tweets on Thursday morning.

The 'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013' proposes to impose duties on the Centre and state governments and their officers to exercise their powers in an impartial and non-discriminatory manner to prevent and control targeted violence, including mass violence against religious or linguistic minorities, SCs and STs.

The bill also proposes constitution of a body - National Authority for Communal Harmony, Justice and Reparation - by the Centre to exercise the powers and perform the functions assigned to it under this Act. The bill largely sticks to the provisions prepared by Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC).

(JPN)

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