Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa joined the disgruntled chorus against the NCTC today,asking the Centre to put on hold the anti-terror outfit,which she thinks is being ”steamrolled” into existence.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,she said it was “surprising” a meeting of chief ministers had been convened on April 16 to discuss various matters on internal security,including the National Counter Terrorism Centre. She demanded a separate CMs’ meet just to discuss the NCTC.
“It is indeed unfortunate that without taking into consideration the views and sentiments of various State Chief Ministers,the constitution of NCTC is sought to be steamrolled into existence,” Jayalalithaa said.
She said: “At this juncture,I request the formation of the NCTC may first be ordered to be held in abeyance and a separate meeting of chief ministers convened only to discuss this matter.”
Jayalalithaa said she had earlier conveyed her strong objections to certain provisions of the Office memorandum of Home Affairs Ministry over the proposed formation and functioning of the NCTC,and the manner in which it was sought to be constituted without consulting state governments.
“Many other chief ministers have also conveyed similar views in their communications to you,” she told Singh.
Despite reservations,state officials attended the March 12 meeting,she said,adding she was informed the Home Secretary had clarified to a query that the memorandum had not been withdrawn and this was deemed to have come into effect from March 1.
Jayalalithaa said the views of various chief ministers have to be given due consideration and a purposeful discussion on counter terrorism should be made possible.
On Saturday,Mamata Banerjee had written to the Prime Minister,saying the NCTC is a “very sensitive issue” and that it should be the only matter of discussion at the meeting so that all states can express their views properly and adequate interaction can take place.