New Delhi: Will Trinamool Congress chief and
UPA ally Mamata Banerjee, who along with a few other Chief
Ministers had forced the Centre to convene a special meeting
on NCTC, attend a crucial meeting of Chief Ministers on
internal security here on Monday?
The Centre is yet to get a word from West Bengal
government on Banerjee`s participation in Monday`s meeting, a
source said on Friday.
However, Banerjee is expected to attend Tuesday`s (April
17) meeting on effective implementation of Scheduled Castes
Scheduled Tribes Act. Both the meetings are convened by the
Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Odisha
Mamata Banerjee, J Jayalalitha and Naveen Patnaik, along with
a few others had forced the central government to convene a
special meeting of Chief Ministers on May 5 to discuss the
NCTC by saying the April 16 conclave would not have enough
time and opportunity to discuss the controversial issue and
hence a separate session was required for it.
They have been opposing the setting up of NCTC claiming
the proposed anti-terror hub would infringe on the states`
powers and hurt country`s federal structure.
The April 16 meeting will be inaugurated by the Prime
Minister and will focus on strengthening counter-terrorism and
intelligence capabilities and strengthening border and
Cross-border terrorism, infiltration from across the
border to Jammu and Kashmir, activities of Pakistan-based
terror outfits and insurgency in the northeast, combating
economic offences, especially counterfeit currency notes, will
also come up for detailed deliberations.
A separate session on Left wing extremism will also be
held which is expected to be attended by at least eight Chief
Ministers, barring that of West Bengal.