Print edition : March 07, 2014

Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal said there was no provision in the Bill that gave powers to the Central government to interfere in any matter relating to law and order in any State. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

A Standing Committee headed by Sushma Swaraj had said in a report in January 2006 that Parliament had the competence to legislate on the subject. Photo: Kamal Singh/PTI

Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M) said while he welcomed the need for legislation of this kind, the present Bill was violative of the federal principle. Photo: NAGARA GOPAL

Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter Jayalalithaa pointed out that many provisions were open to wide subjective interpretation and possible misuse. Photo: J. MANOHARAN

The UPA government is in a hurry to push through the Communal Violence Bill, but the lack of confidence expressed by the opposition and several State governments, including some run by its own allies, forces it to defer the Bill.
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