Agartala/Ahmedabad: Chief Ministers of
Tripura and Uttarakhand on Sunday joined the anti-NCTC chorus
taking to 12 the number of opposing states even as their
Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi accused UPA of "attacking"
the country`s federal structure.
With the Centre being accused of taking an "unilateral"
decision, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni
said the campaign against terror should be fought jointly and
not be politicized. The Centre had no desire to infringe on
the states` rights, she said.
Left Front-ruled Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar
wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the proposal to set
up the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), saying the
"unilateral" order would only create "misunderstanding".
Sarkar requested Singh that the NCTC order issued by the
Home Ministry be withdrawn and a process of wider
He said it was "unfortunate and surprising" that the NCTC
order which dealt with security, an issue closely related to
states, had been issued without proper consultations.
"Considering that `Public order` and `Police` is a state
subject under the Constitution of India, this action of the
MHA amounts to encroachment on the powers of the state."
The Tripura Chief Minister said the need of the hour
was for the states and the Centre to cooperate but the NCTC
order would only create misunderstanding.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri accused the
Centre of "infringing" on federal rights of the states.
"Be it NCTC or any other issue, it is very sad that some
of the important decisions are being taken by the Centre
unilaterally," he said in Dehra Dun.
Stepping up his offensive on the NCTC issue, Modi said
though the UPA government claimed that security was a "shared"
responsibility of the Centre and states, it did not bother to
consult states when it came to forming laws.
"If you accept the responsibility of state governments
then is it not your (Centre`s) duty to consult them before
forming laws?" Modi said in Ahmedabad.
Modi was reacting to Home Minister P Chidambaram`s
comment that security was a shared responsibility of Centre
and the states.
"All these backdoor activities which are being done...it
is not only one act but there are many other thought out
actions, which are an attack on the country`s federal
structure," he added.
Chief Ministers of Orissa, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu,
Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal
Pradesh and Karnataka have earlier opposed creation of NCTC
which is expected to be operational on March 1.
Barring West Bengal where the opposition to NCTC is being
led by key UPA ally Trinamool Congress, the other 11 states
are ruled by non-UPA parties.