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Shinde woos Didi on NCTC

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, February 26, 2013
First Published: 01:30 IST(26/2/2013) | Last Updated: 02:27 IST(26/2/2013)

With an eye on her support for National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and the Teesta water sharing treaty, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde only had praises for chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

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On Monday, despite a memorandum from the state Congress, he not only kept mum on West Bengal’s deteriorating law and order situation, but also called Banerjee “positive” and “cooperative”.

Last July, Shinde’s predecessor P Chidambaram made scathing remarks in Kolkata on the state’s law and order situation. “Eighty-two people were killed in 455 cases of inter-party clashes in the past six months, which was a matter of concern,” Chidambaram had said, triggering a fierce verbal duel with the Trinamool Congress. 

On his part, Shinde said, “I had talked to the chief minister on NCTC. She has a positive mind.” He even praised Banerjee’s attitude on issues like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. “Whenever the country faces any difficulty, the chief minister is very cooperative,” he said.

Jaitely opposes NCTC plan

New Delhi: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Monday came out strongly against the idea of the NCTC getting police powers. 

“The fight against terrorism can and must co-exist with federalism,” he said. “The proposal is to have an agency, which will have the intelligence functions and would also conduct operations. It is this power being vested in an agency to the detriment of the law and order powers of the state which the state governments are objecting to.”


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