Centre to allay states` concerns on NCTC: Cong

Congress struck a conciliatory note saying the government will definitely try to address concerns.

New Delhi: Amid escalating row over the
Centre`s proposal for NCTC, Congress on Saturday struck a
conciliatory note saying the government will definitely try
to address concerns raised by UPA ally Mamata Banerjee and
Chief Ministers of non-UPA states on the issue.

"If so many Chief Ministers have expressed their
concerns, the central government will talk to them, will
certainly try to resolve their concerns and allay their
apprehensions," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

The assertion by the party, an apparently softening from
yesterday`s aggressive posturing, comes as anti-NCTC clamour
has become louder with more non-Congress Chief Ministers
joining Banerjee on the issue.

Tewari also downplayed questions on whether it was an
embarrassment for the party that an UPA ally is attacking the
government in this manner.

"Central government and state governments can have
different perceptions. Even the Chief Minister of an UPA ally
can have a different view.

"If a Chief Minister of any state even from UPA writes a
letter to the Prime Minister or expresses his or her views on
any issue under the impression that the measure relates to
interests of a state, it is not wrong and this should not be
given a political colour," Tewari said.

He was responding to questions on whether Banerjee`s
opposition to the Centre on a number of issues was an
indication of political realignments.

The party`s response came close on the heels of Home
Minister P Chidambaram reaching out to the states on the issue
saying security of the country is a shared responsibility and
without coordination among the states the war against terror
cannot be won.


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