New Delhi: In light of the recent Hyderabad blasts, the debate over the creation of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) has been reignited after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde stressed on the need to have a central counter-terrorism body, however, the BJP remains unconvinced.
The issue of NCTC has been hanging fire since March 2012, when it could not come into force despite a central notification on the issue, after state governments dismissed it as ‘anti-constitutional’ and against the federal nature of the Indian government.
Post Feb 21 blasts in Hyderabad, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde brought the NCTC issue back to the fore, saying that he would be looking into the details and talk with the state CMs.
"Yes, I am going into the details and I am going to discuss with all the states. First let me discuss with the chief ministers and then we will take a decision. It (NCTC) is a good move, but we will have to take into confidence the states also," said Shinde.
But this has not gone down well with the opposition BJP slamming it as a political move.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that there was no need to rake up the issue of NCTC now and that the UPA was “playing politics with the idea of security”.
"The NCTC debate should not be raked up by the Congress at this time. NCTC was a skewed bill. It was giving powers to Intelligence Bureau to go on arresting people. This is never done in democratic setup, it happens only in dictatorships,” reports quoted Javadekar.
Following the government notification for setting up the NCTC earlier this year, chief ministers of at least 11 states ruled by both United Progressive Alliance and National Democratic Alliance constituents had opposed the move. The centre held a meeting of all chief ministers in May to discuss the NCTC, but a consensus could not be arrived at.