Opposition questions Govt.'s idea of bringing NCTC

New Delhi, June 6 (ANI): Cutting across party lines, leaders of various political outfits on Thursday questioned the Congress-led UPA Government's move idea of bringing a new anti-militancy body, the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), to control terrorism in the country.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj said that the motives of the ruling government are under suspicion.

"Well, the problem with NCTC is that the credibility of this government is at an all time low. Its motives are suspect and as a result it is not only the non-congress governments which are objecting to this law but even the Congress governments have developed their own suspicions, fears, apprehensions," said Punj.

Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader Ali Anwar on his part said that by doing so the government is creating a lot of confusion.

"This had to fail. What we are talking is about the constitution and federal structure in which the subject is policing structure in the states. The Centre is making new laws daily and centralising the power which is therefore creating a lot of confusion," said Anwar.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Naresh Gujral said that if the government co-operates with the states and takes some serious action then the new agency is not required.

"Today there are many agencies and laws. It only requires action. If today also the government takes some serious action and as I said earlier if it co-operates with the states, then new agency is not required. It's a way of misleading people by showing them that we are not able to control terrorism and keep on talking about different agencies all the time. Terrorism will come under control not by the agencies but by the action," said Gujral.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi yesterday raised concerns over the new draft on National Counter Terrorism Centre terming it a "poorly conceived" idea, which tinkers with old ideas rather than strengthening them.

"It is not clear how big it is going to be, what forces are going to comprise it, how exactly it is going to function and which statute will it derive its powers from. I think such poorly conceived ideas which tinker with age old existing systems rather than strengthening them are going to do irreparable loss to our internal security apparatus," he said.

Modi said he was slightly worried about the last minute circulation of proposed order on NCTC.

"The fact that it is on the agenda and gets a passing mention should not be construed as a consultation with the states much less an arriving of consensus on this issue," he said.

Besides Modi, several other chief ministers also opposed the Centre's proposed NCTC during the conference on internal security yesterday.

The NCTC has been opposed by several states on the ground that law and order was a state subject. (ANI)

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