April 2nd, 2012
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NCTC only after discussion with CM’s: Jayalalithaa

New Delhi: In a letter to the Prime Minister, Tamil Nadu chief Minister asked the centre to put on hold the formation of NCTC which is to be steamrolled into existence soon as she believes the centre should primarily considers the sentiments of the Chief Ministers before taking any action . She said it was “surprising” that the Chief Ministers meeting had been convened on April 16 to discuss various matters on internal security, which included National Counter Terrorism Centre. She has demanded a separate CMs meeting to exclusively discuss NCTC. According to her the “views of various Chief Ministers will have to be given due consideration and a purposeful discussion on counter terrorism should be made possible.”

“It is indeed unfortunate that without taking into consideration the views and sentiments of various State Chief Ministers, the constitution of NCTC is sought to be steamrolled into existence,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said.

She said “at this juncture I request that the formation of the NCTC may first be ordered to be held in abeyance and a separate meeting of Chief Ministers convened only to discuss this matter.” Ms. Jayalalithaa. She also pointed out that she had earlier conveyed her strong objections to certain provisions of the Office memorandum of Home Affairs Ministry over the proposed formation and functioning of NCTC, and the manner in which it was sought to be constituted without consulting state Governments.

The National Counter Terrorism Centre or NCTC was scheduled to be launched on March 1 but was put on hold in the wake of staunch opposition from Chief Ministers of over 10 states who say they fear that the powers given to the agency would infringe on the rights of the states and hence threaten the country’s federal structure.

Besides Ms Jayalalithaa, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spearheaded the campaign that forced the Centre to suspend its plans. Ms Banerjee’s party,  the Trinamool Congress, partners with the ruling Congress at the Centre. On Saturday last week, she too wrote to the Prime Minister and demanded that the “very sensitive issue” of NCTC be the only matter of discussion at the April 16 meeting to ensure adequate interaction.


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