NCTC row: Modi lashes out at UPA govt, demands CMs meet

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Narendra modi
New Delhi, Feb 20: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, Feb 20 strongly criticised Congress-led UPA government for the creation of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) under Intelligent Bureau (IB) saying it was a part of centre's thoughtful machination to usurp the powers of states.

Moreover, the senior leader of BJP demanded a meeting of chief ministers from the states to discuss recommendations of Sarkariya Commission on Centre-States relationship and balance of power.

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had also opposed the centre's move saying it would undermine democratic and the federal structure of the country.

Modi also said that Centre has completely neglected the constitutional powers of states. He also said that Centre was not sensitive to Gujarat’s security concerns as the centre did not approve the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Act since last five years.

Meanwhile, the NCTC has been opposed by a number of other states, including West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, MP, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Karnataka, Punjab and Odisha.

The NCTC project will come into effect from first of March. But as the UPA main allies have not agreed with the move, the government may have to go for further consultations with their allies and MPs in the coming Parliament meets for the Budget session.

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