New Delhi: Dubbing the statement of Home
Minister P Chidambaram on Gujarat government`s action against
some IPS officers, who are at loggerheads with it on
post-Godhra riots, as "fairly disruptive of the federal
set-up", BJP on Friday said the Centre was "not a big brother"
which can interfere in state matters.
"BJP takes a very strong view of the statement that the
Home Minister has made in context of the police officers in
Gujarat. I think his view is clearly disruptive of the federal
set up of the Indian governance," Leader of the Opposition in
the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley told reporters here.
He said Gujarat government was free to take action
against policemen who face serious allegations.
"If officers of a state government are indulging in any
indiscipline, it is for the state government to deal with
them. The central government is not the big brother that can
intervene in these matters," Jaitley said, adding BJP has
"serious objections" to Chidambaram`s statement.
Earlier in the day, Chidambaram expressed concern over
Gujarat government`s action against two senior IPS men locked
in a confrontation with it over post-Godhra riots and said it
can intervene if the affected officers want so.
"It is a matter of concern," Chidambaram said when asked
whether the Centre was concerned with the tug of war between
the police officers of Gujarat and the state goverment over
the 2002 riots.