Put on hold NCTC till states on board,Mamata to PM

PM says he has requested Chidambaram to find ways to address the concerns of states.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:February 22, 2012 8:18 pm

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked Home Minister P Chidambaram to take the concerns of state governments on board on the issue of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged him to keep the move in abeyance.

Singh’s assurance that he has requested Chidambaram to find ways to address the states’ concerns was given to Banerjee when she met him at his residence,the PMO said in a release.

Banerjee,who has joined several other non-Congress Chief Ministers in opposing the brain child of the Home Minister,suggested to the Prime Minister that the implementation of the proposal be stopped till a consensus is arrived at.

“I told the Prime Minister that until and unless consultation with state governments are over or a consensus is arrived at on the issue,please do not to implement the executive order on NCTC. The notification should not be implemented till then,” Banerjee told reporters after meeting Singh.

On terrorism,she said,”We are against terrorism. We are fighting the battle against terror. But at the same if the state and the Centre do it together then there will be no

confusion.”

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