NCTC: Withdraw objectionable memorandum, says Jaya

TN CM Jayalalithaa demanded that "the objectionable memorandum" be withdrawn immediately and the Centre start consultation process with the states.

Updated: Feb 21, 2012, 00:53 AM IST

Chennai: Voicing her concerns again over the
Centre`s proposal to set up a National Counter Terrorism
Centre, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today demanded
that "the objectionable memorandum" be withdrawn immediately
and the Centre start consultation process with the states.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she
emphasised that the "the disturbing provisions of the recent
Office Memorandum of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs need
in depth analysis and consultations with all the States".
"I reiterate that I share the concerns of the other Chief
Ministers who have voiced their reservations and objections in
this regard and request that the consultation process should
be commenced forthwith," she said.

Jayalalithaa, who had joined other Chief Ministers such
as Navin Patnaik of Odisha and Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal
in the chorus against the NCTC, asked the Prime Minister to
ensure that the "objectionble memorandum" was immediately
withdrawn in deference to the apprehensions expressed by the
constituent states.
"I also request you to start the consultation process
with the states immediately keeping in view the fact that
matters of public order and police are in the State List of
the Constitution," she said.

Earlier this month, Jayalalithaa had written to the Prime
Minister over the NCTC, saying the proposed body suffered from
"deficiencies" and has provisions that tantamount to usurping
the legitimate rights of the states.

PTI