NCTC row: BJP demands Inter-State Council meet
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 19:45
New Delhi: Alleging that the NCTC is not on the lines promised by the UPA government in the wake of 26/11, the BJP on Saturday demanded that a meeting of the Inter-State Council be called to discuss the matter instead of forming it through an executive order.

The opposition party also asserted that since law and order is a state subject, the government should keep the states in the loop in the functioning of NCTC. Not doing so- as envisaged in the proposed NCTC- is a breach of the federal structure, it alleged.

"In November 2009, Home Minister P Chidambaram had said NCTC would be an over-arching body bringing better coordination, synergy and dynamism among the various agencies such as RAW, IB, NIA and NSG. Presently, as things stand the NCTC is reduced to be yet another agency under IB," BJP spokesperson Jagat Prakash Nadda said.

Seven Chief Ministers, including West Bengal's Mamta Banerjee and her Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa, have opposed NCTC on the grounds that it is against federalism.

"In setting up NCTC without consultation, usurping what is necessarily in the states' domain, the UPA has clearly attacked the basic federal structure of our Constitution. No wonder the states are standing up against it," Nadda said.

The BJP demanded that a meeting of the Inter-State Council be called to discuss this matter immediately.

The opposition accused the UPA of playing votebank politics by arrogating powers to itself without any concern for the states.

"On the one hand, they are not facilitating state governments in their fight against terrorism. Gujarat government's GUJCOC (Bill for prevention of Organised Crime) is for years awaiting central clearance while Maharashtra has a comparable law now for years," Nadda said.


First Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 19:45

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