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Mamata willing on NCTC: Sushilkumar Shinde

PTI  Kolkata, February 25, 2013
First Published: 15:30 IST(25/2/2013) | Last Updated: 18:56 IST(25/2/2013)

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who had earlier objected on certain issues, has a 'positive mind' towards the National Counter Terrorism Centre.

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"I had talked to her earlier also on the NCTC issue. Unka toh maan hai (She has a positive mind)," Shinde told reporters when asked if he discussed the issue with the chief minister at a meeting at Fraserganj in South 24-Parganas district on Monday.

Shinde reiterated that the Centre was keen to introduce the NCTC to firmly deal with terrorism.

The NCTC, which has regained importance following the Hyderabad twin blasts last week, has been opposed by several states on the ground that law and order was a state subject.

Shinde had on Sunday said that he had already told the Rajya Sabha that the Centre would pursue the NCTC and do it.

He had also said that Mamata Banerjee was very cooperative on the issue and others like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

"Whenever the country faces any difficulty, the CM is very cooperative," Shinde had said.

Shinde and Banerjee also discussed coastal security issues during their visit to the riverine Indo-Bangla border in the Sunderbans.


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