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Even Didi joins Non-NDA, Non-UPA Rejection of UPA’s Communal Violence Bill

The proposed Communal Violence Bill on Saturday ran into trouble with NDA-ruled states and Congress ally Trinamool Congress opposing it as "dangerous" legislation and arguing that it would hurt the federal structure of the country.

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The proposed Communal Violence Bill on Saturday ran into trouble with NDA-ruled states and Congress ally Trinamool Congress opposing it as "dangerous" legislation and arguing that it would hurt the federal structure of the country.

At a meeting of National Integration Council (NIC) where the issue was on the agenda, NDA and Chief Ministers of the states ruled by it — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Punjab — expressed opposition to the draft legislation in its current form.

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, who also attended the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said the proposed legislation was "dangerous" as it would "encourage communalism" rather than curbing it by furthering the divide between majority and minority communities.

Dinesh Trivedi, senior leader of Trinamool Congress, a key constituent of the UPA, said his party also opposes the Bill in the present form.

Opposing the Bill, Chief Minister of BJD-ruled Orissa Naveen Patnaik, said it has some "objectionable" provisions which "directly affect the autonomy of states".

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, whose speech was read out in absentia, said "it is not the opportune moment to comment on the Bill".

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar voiced concern over certain provisions in the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Regulations) Bill 2011, saying it may create "impression" among the people at large that majority community is "always responsible for communal incidents."

In a speech read out by senior Bihar Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Kumar asked the Centre to hold "thorough discussion" with state governments for making certain amendments that are warranted before introducing it in Parliament.

He specifically opposed the provision for promulgation of Article 355 of the Constitution, which gives the Centre a right to intervene, in a limited area during "internal disturbance", saying it amounted to "unnecessary interference in state's jurisdiction".

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said the Bill was intended to meet "vested interests" and may undermine the country's federal structure.

"The Bill expresses feeling of mistrust in the state government machinery and lacks clarity in defining crimes for organised communal violence," he said.

"I urge the Union Government to have faith in the state governments and strengthen them, which in turn will strengthen the nation. If state governments are weakened to serve some vested interests, the nation will become weak and it will give impetus to parochial forces," Chauhan said.

Questioning the need for the Bill, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman said it went against the federal spirit as it will directly interfere with the legitimate authority of states.

"The proposed Bill has many structural loopholes. The biggest problem is that this Bill is against India's federal structure. The national authority set up with the help of this Bill will have the power to issue directions to any state authority for any investigation," he said.

He said that the power of maintaining law and order situation stays with a particular state and changes in this system will bring unfavourable results in the long term.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank asked the Prime Minister and Home Minister P Chidambaram to give up their desire to pass the Bill in its present form, saying the legislation would be a "big blow" to national integration.

Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal said the Bill that the government was trying to bring could lead to "avoidable confrontation" between the Centre and states as sections of it were a "direct transgression of states' authority".

He also particularly expressed opposition to provision for invoking Article 355.

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PM Modi Today in Mandla in MP for National Panchayati Raj Day Program

The winners of  Rashtriya e-Panchayat Puraskar and Gram Panchayat Vikas Puraskar Yojana under Sarvasreshtha Panchayat Puraskar Yojana will be felicitated on this occasion.

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MANDLA (Madhya Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday on the National Panchayati Raj Day.

He will launch the Rashtriya Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan, at a public meeting, and address Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla.

Preparations are underway for the visit with cultural celebrations and performances reflecting the local culture of the region.

Prime Minister Modi will unveil a Road Map for the overall development of tribals during the next five years highlighting the focus on Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.

In keeping up with the Government’s commitment towards clean, healthy, and electrified India, the Prime Minister would felicitate the Sarpanches of the villages which have achieved 100 percent smokeless kitchens, 100 percent vaccination under Mission Indradhanush, and 100 percent electrification under Saubhagya Scheme.

The winners of  Rashtriya e-Panchayat Puraskar and Gram Panchayat Vikas Puraskar Yojana under Sarvasreshtha Panchayat Puraskar Yojana will be felicitated on this occasion.

Prime Minister’s visit to Mandla on Panchayats Raj Day is an indication of the government’s commitment to bring people in remote regions into the developmental mainstream.

The Felicitation of panchayat heads will prove to be a source of inspiration to the rest of India and highlight the achievements and best practices of these interventions.

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BJP Charges Congress with Disrespecting Constitutional Authorities

BJP charged the Congress party with harming the reputation and independence of the judiciary for political gain.

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NEW DELHI: The BJP on April 23 criticised the Congress Party for attacking the institution of the Chief Justice, charging the party with wanting to create anarchy by making people “lose” faith in the judiciary.

While the Congress Party has alleged that the Rajya Sabha chairman had not followed due process, the BJP hit back saying the Rajya Sabha Chairman’s office is not a post office meant to forward petitions but has to apply its mind judiciously and take a call.

Even after the Rajya Sabha Chairman refused to admit the  motion seeking removal of Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra, the matter has not come to a rest. The Govt and ruling Party have come down heavily on Congress for not respecting the Chairman’s decision… saying that the party has no respect for constitutional authorities.

BJP charged the Congress party with harming the reputation and indepence of the judiciary for political gain. The party said the voters will soon bring in a motion for the removal of the Congress party.

The Congress Party has said it will appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court. Despite the Congress’ apprehensions, constitutional experts are calling the Congress Party sponsored notice for removal  a politically motivated one.

Experts say the chairman followed due process. It is well within the power of the chairman to disallow the motion after consulting such persons as he thinks fit and after considering materials available to him. It is only after and if the motion is accepted, that a committee of three members is consituted to examine the allegations.

This has happened four times in the history of the country so far… aganist Supreme Court Judge V. Ramaswami, Kolkata High Court Judge Soumitra Sen, Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court PD Dinakaran and Justice JB Pardiwala of Gujarat High Court, but in no case has teh entire porcess been completed. This motion has been disallowed at the intial stage itself.

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Amit Shah Accuses Congress of Trying to Save the Dynasty in the Name of Constitution

Calls the impeachment motion a part of a larger trend to demonize and weaken every institution that seeks to maintain its individual identity.

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NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah has denounced the move by the opposition to move a notice of impeachment motion against the CJI.

In a hard-hitting Facebook post named – Saving the Constitution or Saving Dynasty? – Shah has lambasted the Congress for trying to target institutions of the nation and weaken its democracy.

Touching upon the notice of motion of impeachment he added that judiciary, though trusted by 125 crore Indians, has invited the wrath of the Congress and Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

He called it a part of a larger trend to demonize and weaken every institution that seeks to maintain its individual identity and not kowtow to the dynasty. He said that the Army has also repeatedly been the Congress’ target.

He said that during the UPA years a Chief of Army Staff was targeted and the entire Army was dragged into political slugfests. He also listed Congress’ protests against the CAG and the election commission in the post.    The post makes reference to the imposition of emergency and dismissal of state governments under the Congress rule.

He also accused the Congress of deviating from the constitution given by Babasaheb Ambedkar and of spreading hate and divisions in society and said that Congress is blinded by the disdain for PM modi, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Modi hatred is fast turning into India hatred.

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