New Delhi: Even as the Centre bowed once
again to pressure from Trinamool, Congress on Tuesday strongly
batted for the "well intentioned proposal" of NCTC and
cautioned its critics that "opposition for the sake of
opposition" is not good for the progress of the nation.
"The paradigm of good governance is that nation comes
above everything.... The creation of NCTC which has been
opposed by several states as being against Federalism is the
need of the moment," the party said in the latest issue of its
mouthpiece "Congress Sandesh".
In an editorial piece, it said that once the Prime
Minister has said that the government has no intention of
treading on the rights of the state governments and assured
them that their interests would be guaranteed through a
dialogue, "there should have been no resistance".
In an obvious dig at the Naveen Patnaik Government in
Odisha which is grappling with the situation arising out of
the abduction of an Italian as also a BJD MLA by Maoists, it
said that the "double speak" of some parties opposed to NCTC
is exposed by their current demands while dealing with a
Patnaik, who heads the BJD, had taken the lead in
mobilising opposition ruled states on the NCTC issue.
"All parties should come together keeping in mind and
support the well intentioned proposed of the government", it
The Congress views came on a day when the government
agreed to discuss the National Counter Terrorism Centre issue
separately with chief ministers in Delhi on May five as
demanded by Mamata Banerjee.