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Jaya urges PM not to move communal bill in Parliament

‘With barely five months to go for the term of the present Lok Sabha and for general elections to be announced, any hasty attempt to bring in such legislation without wide consultation amongst all political parties and stakeholders would be a completely undemocratic move’, she said in a letter to Singh.

Jayalalithaa, who has been opposing the Bill, claimed that modifications carried out by the Centre on the bill in the wake of objections from states are ‘cosmetic’ in nature and major concerns remained un-addressed.

‘My main objections are that the proposed Bill will not meet the desired objective of curbing vociferous religiosity or communal violence. The Bill as drafted suffers from too many lacunae and will not meet the intended objective of preventing communal violence,’ she said.

Jayalalithaa came down on ‘unfettered’ powers sought to be vested with National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights Commissions like issuing of directives to state governments.

EC notice to Jaya for poll code violation

CHENNAI: The Election Commission issued notice to J Jayalalithaa seeking an explanation on a complaint by the DMK of alleged violation of the model code of conduct during the Yercaud byelection campaign. Byelection to the state assembly from the Yercaud constituency will be held on 4 December. In a statement here, the chief electoral officer said a complaint was received by the Election Commission that the chief minister announced new schemes on 28 November, during a campaign for her party candidate in the Yercaud byelection.
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