New Delhi: The opposition to setting up of
anti-terror body NCTC grew shrill on Sunday with JD-U saying that
the Centre was bypassing state governments by planning to
consult top state officials on the controversial issue.
"Instead of calling a meeting of chief ministers to sort
out the differences on the National Counter-Terrorism Centre
(NCTC), the Centre has called a meeting of state DGPs and
Chief Secretaries," JD-U spokesman Shivanand Tiwari said.
"The state governments will have to unite and tell the
Centre that according to the Constitution the government is
run by elected representatives and not by bureaucrats," he
said in a statement.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh has convened a meeting here
of Chief Secretaries, DGPs, State Home Secretaries and Chiefs
of State Anti-Terror Squads on March 12 to iron out
differences and allay apprehensions of State governments over
setting up of the NCTC.
"This meeting called by ignoring the state governments is
a matter of grave concern," Tiwari said.
This move has sent a clear message that the Centre wants
to run the state administration through these officials, the
JD-U leader said.
"In a fit of arrogance, the Congress is ignoring the very
existence of the state governments. This is a challenge before
the state governments," he said.
The Centre`s plan to set up the NCTC on March 1 ran into
rough weather with 10 chief ministers complaining to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh that the anti-terror body would
encroach upon their turf and violate the principles of
Seeking to allay their apprehensions, Singh had told the
Chief Ministers that the Centre will consult states to address
their concerns regarding functioning of the anti-terror body.
Following this, Home Minister P Chidambaram wrote to the
chief ministers that the "next steps" on NCTC would be taken
only after the meeting of the top officials of the states.