Key UPA allies want wider consultations on NCTC



Key UPA allies want wider consultations on NCTC New Delhi: Days ahead of the chief ministers meet on National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), key UPA allies Trinamool and DMK on Wednesday demanded wider consultations on the issue saying the move could infringe upon rights of states to deal with law and order problem.

"NCTC formation will lead to encroachment on states' power and the issue needs more discussion," Suvendu Adhikari (TMC) said participating in a discussion on demands for grants of home ministry in the Lok Sabha.

The demand comes ahead of the meeting of chief ministers on the issue with Centre on Saturday.

Another UPA ally, DMK, made it clear to the Centre that the NCTC should be used for joint operations and freedom of the state should not be affected.

"Freedom of states should not be affected. We are not against NCTC. It should be used for joint operations," J K Ritheesh Shivkumar (DMK) said.

BJP member Anurag Thakur too demanded that the states be consulted before operationalising NCTC.

He feared that the NCTC, like the CBI, could be misused by the Centre to achieve its political objectives.

Criticising the Centre for its move to set up the NCTC, Pinaki Misra (BJD) asked Chidambaram to "climb down from your high horse" and engage with the Chief Ministers of this sensitive issue during the upcoming meeting.

M Thambidurai (AIADMK) said in the name of coordination, the Centre should not interfere with the states' rights.

Nama Nageshwara Rao (TDP) said his party chief had sent suggestions on the controversial issue of NCTC to the Centre which should be considered. Khagen Das (CPI-M) also opposed setting up of the NCTC.

Supriya Sule (NCP) supported the Centre on the NCTC and said the Maharashtra government has already conveyed its views on the matter to the Centre.

PTI