Friday, February 17, 2012

Mamata asks PM to withdraw order on powers given to National Counter Terrorism Centre

Banerjee asks the Prime Minister to review and withdraw the order on organisation, function, power and duties of the National Counter Terrorism Centre.
At least four states, including the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance-ruled West Bengal, have opposed Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's pet project, the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh objecting to the powers of the anti-terror body that would become operational next month.

"It is difficult for the state government to accept such arbitrary exercise of power by the central government which have a bearing on the rights and privilege of the states. It appears to be an infringement on the powers of state governments in matters of investigation and maintenance of order," she said in her letter.

The Trinamool chief's letter comes after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to the prime minister opposing, what he called were the sweeping powers to the body. He said several other chief ministers were also opposed to the Centre's move. More about this...


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