Govt polarising voters on communal lines: Jaitley

‘It appears that ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in order to polarise the country on communal lines, the ministry of home affairs has again written a letter to the state governments enclosing therewith revised draft of the bill,’ Jaitley wrote on his blog.

He said there hasn't so far been adequate consultation with the stakeholders on Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, which was first submitted in 2011 by the National Advisory Council headed by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Jaitley said Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voicing her strong opposition to the draft.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had last week accused the central government of ‘unnecessary interfering in the activities of the state governments’ after the government’s decision to revive the bill.
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