Mamata to meet PM, NCTC on agenda

Amid growing chorus against the NCTC, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is expected to take up the issue with PM Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.

Updated: Feb 21, 2012, 09:44 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Amid growing chorus against the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to take up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.

Mamata and other CMs - Naveen Patnaik, Rama Singh, Nitish Kumar and J Jayalalithaa – are opposed to the anti-terror body; being set up under the Intelligent Bureau (IB), on the grounds that the powers imparted to NCTC would undermine the federal structure.

Last week, the TMC chief had skipped the inauguration programme of the NSG hub in Kolkata by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, apparently to register her opposition to the NCTC.

The NCTC is scheduled to be fully operational by March 1.

The West Bengal CM may also raise the demand for a financial package for the state during her interaction with PM.