‘CMs meeting should focus only on NCTC’

Banerjee said this in an interview to three television channels.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: March 30, 2012 12:52 am

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she wanted the meeting of chief ministers on internal security convened on April 16 to dwell solely on the issue of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Banerjee said this in an interview to three television channels.

“I feel that in a federal structure states are like children and the Central government is akin to parents. A few days ago,I received a letter from Union Home Ministry,stating the NCTC will be one of the issues in the agenda for discussion in that meeting. I don’t agree with it. There should be an exclusive discussion on the NCTC on that day and nothing else should be on the agenda,” Banerjee said. “In the chief ministers meeting,entire concentration should be on the NCTC and the meeting should stick to the issue,because all CMs should get opportunity to present their views,” she said.

She said that during her last meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh she had requested him not to go forward with the NCTC without consultation with and consensus among states.

The TMC chief said she is against terrorism,but in the name of tackling terror the Centre should not interfere in the states’ periphery.

Regarding the controversy over selection of some newspapers to be kept in government libraries she said that it was people with vested interests who were blowing things out of proportion. “It’s a petty issue. This was done to help newspapers that are not very strong.’’ Banerjee said.

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