PC's remarks "disruptive of federal set-up: BJP

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New Delhi, Aug 13: Dubbing the statement of Home Minister P Chidambaram on Gujarat government's action against some IPS officers, who are at loggerheads with it on post-Godhra riots, as "fairly disruptive of the federal set-up", BJP on Friday said the Centre was "not a big brother" which can interfere in state matters.

"BJP takes a very strong view of the statement that the Home Minister has made in context of the police officers in Gujarat. I think his view is clearly disruptive of the federal set up of the Indian governance," Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley told reporters here.

He said Gujarat government was free to take action against policemen who face serious allegations.

"If officers of a state government are indulging in any indiscipline, it is for the state government to deal with them. The central government is not the big brother that can intervene in these matters," Jaitley said, adding BJP has "serious objections" to Chidambaram's statement.

Earlier in the day, Chidambaram expressed concern over Gujarat government's action against two senior IPS men locked in a confrontation with it over post-Godhra riots and said it can intervene if the affected officers want so.

"It is a matter of concern," Chidambaram said when asked whether the Centre was concerned with the tug of war between the police officers of Gujarat and the state goverment over the 2002 riots.


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