UPA govt weakening federal structure: BJP

UPA govt weakening federal structure: BJP

Lucknow: In the second day of its two-day national executive meet in Lucknow, main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday strongly attacked the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for “destabilizing the federal structure" of the country, and passed a resolution against the centre’s “attack" on federalism.

The resolution, moved by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and endorsed by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan as well as Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, says the centre, through its “insidious and colorable attacks on the states", is usurping their law making powers and “poaching" on their domain.

“The UPA government has divided the country into two kinds of states – those which are ruled by the Congress and its allies and those which are ruled by opposition or NDA (National Democratic Alliance) parties," party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussian said.

The two-day conclave is being attended by top leaders of he party including party president Nitin Gadkari, senior leader L. K. Advani, leaders of opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely as well as chief ministers of BJP-ruled states. The executive would be followed by a meeting of the state presidents, in-charges and organization secretaries.

In Saturday’s resolution, the BJP has accused the centre of misusing investigative agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to attack states, as well as “usurping powers of the state" through draft legislations proposed by bodies like the National Advisory Council (NAC). The party criticized the NAC’s draft Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, calling it ill-conceived.

“Non Congress states are also put to financial and other discrimination affecting good governance," the resolution states, giving examples of BJP ruled states like Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Guajart and Madhya Pradesh.

In its resolution, the BJP has demanded the full and immediate implementation of the Sarkaria Commission’s recommendations on centre-state relations. It has also said it would set up a forum to fight against these “attacks and discrimination".

“Convergence of regional aspirations cannot be weakened by an insecure Congress which fears strong opponents even if they are from the regions," the BJP has said.