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Modi slams NCTC, demands white paper on internal security

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 15:03

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed the Centre by saying that it lacks will to tackle the internal security threat to the country.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the NCTC meet, the Gujarat leader said, “The UPA government lacks will to tackle the Naxal problem and other threats to the internal security.”

He continued by saying, “I want to know what the UPA government has done in the past ten years to improve the security situation,” adding, “The budget of modernisation is the same as it was 10 years back, the states are bearing the burden.”

He also demanded a white paper on what the government has done about internal security in the country.
Expressing his strong opposition to the Home Minister’s proposal to set up the NCTC, Modi said, “The idea of NCTC is an attack on federal structure. Why is the need to give away multi-agency centre to NCTC," he asked.

The Gujarat Chief Minister also made serious allegations against the Congress government at the Centre by saying, “UPA is only bothered about regional security. The talks are meant for national security but actions are meant for states. We can`t find solution by making new agencies, is it not demoralising the existing agencies.”

He also slammed the annual Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security, saying that it has just become an ‘annual ritual’.

Referring to the recent Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, Modi said, “A strong message should be sent that the whole country is with Raman Singh and Chhattisgarh and will not accept terrorism.”
His reactions came on the day when the Chief Ministers of several states gathered in the national capital to deliberate extensively on the Naxal menace, activities of Pakistan-based terrorist groups, infiltration from across the border, communal disturbances and ways of improving intelligence gathering mechanisms.

The meeting was held against the backdrop of the May 25 attack in which at least 26 people, including senior Congress leaders, were killed.

During the meet, the chief ministers resolved to use all legitimate means at their disposal to counter the activities of the Communist Party of India-Maoist.

With Agency inputs

First Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 13:25

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