Gujarat chief minister and BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi skipped the sixteenth meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) that will be held in New Delhi on Monday, according to TV reports.
The NIC meeting will be held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Convened in the backdrop of Muzaffarnagar clashes in Uttar Pradesh, the 148 member NIC will discuss the measures taken to promote communal harmony, role of social networking sites in promoting national integration and how to tackle hate propaganda.
According to the agenda, the NIC will discuss safety and security of women, confidence-building measures taken to tackle communal disturbances and involving all sections of society in removing communal tension.
The proposed Communal Violence Bill is expected to be discussed in the meeting.
Steps taken to tackle crimes against Scheduled castes and Tribes, associating all sections of society in removing inter-caste tension will also be discussed in the day-long meeting.
The NIC was constituted to combat the evils of communalism, casteism, regionalism, linguism and narrow-mindedness as a follow up of National Integration Conference under the then Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in September- October, 1961.
The council invites all Indians, regardless of their linguistic, religious, ethnic or cultural affiliations to join in this great and urgent task of promoting national unity and solidarity.
(With inputs from ANI)