The BJP on Saturday charged the government with attempting to subvert the federal structure, with senior leader LK Advani even saying that the party could take recourse to legal action if the Centre pushed the states to the wall.
The BJP veteran made pointed reference to the “misuse” of the office of governor under the UPA, a hint at the recent controversy in Karnataka.
Moving the party’s resolution, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi hit out at the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), charging that their functioning constituted an attack on the federal structure.
“The NAC… has drafted a perverse legislation — the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill,” Modi said. “It is ill-conceived and proceeds with an assumption that the majority community is always the perpetrator of communal violence....”
On Friday evening, another party leader, Arun Jaitley, had addressed the delegates against the “biased” draft Bill.
On the NIA, Modi said: “Its formation...is contrary to our federal spirit. Without a constitutional amendment, in the subject of law and order, it has taken away the law-making power of the states.”
Through the NIA, Modi added, the Centre wants to sidetrack states by taking upon itself the fight against terror. ‘
The MP government and the Centre were recently at loggerheads over the latter’s bid to take over the probe into the murder of RSS man Sunil Joshi, allegedly a co-conspirator in “Hindutva terror” networks supposedly killed by his colleagues.
Modi also related other alleged instances of the Centre’s anti-federal activities: the partisan conduct of governors, the appointment of Binayak Sen — charged with supporting Maoists in Chhattisgarh — to a consultative panel of the Planning Commission, and IT notices to Gujarat asking for details of MoUs signed between the state and corporate entities during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
Modi also listed instances of alleged step-motherly treatment to non-UPA-ruled states, including Bihar, whose CM Nitish Kumar is known to dislike him.
“He (Modi) said state funding has been reduced and pointed out that the Centre had divided states into UPA and non-UPA-ruled states,” said spokesperson Shahnawaz Husain.
The resolution moved by Modi was supported by MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi.