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CMs meet soon to discuss security scenario

A meeting of Chief Ministers is being convened in a fortnight to discuss the security situation in the country following the recent terror strikes in Uttar Pradesh, Assam and elsewhere.

delhi Updated: Nov 26, 2007 18:24 IST

A meeting of Chief Ministers is being convened in a fortnight to discuss the security situation in the country following the recent terror strikes in Uttar Pradesh, Assam and elsewhere.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil made the announcement in the Lok Sabha on Monday responding to an impromptu discussion in the wake of the serial blasts in UP.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be convening the meeting soon. The discussion saw the Samajwadi Party asking the Centre to initiate action against the Mayawati government if it has failed to tackle the terrorist menace, but Patil wanted members to refrain from blame game.

In an apparent retort to the UP Chief Minister who had held the Centre responsible for failure to avert the blasts, the Home Minister said cooperation between the Centre and the state could only help address the challenge.

"If you talk against each other then the task cannot be achieved. It is not a time for blame game. Both governments should work jointly," he said.

Referring to suggestions regarding federal crime and a federal investigation system, Patil said this could be considered only if all the states agreed with this.

"Till unanimity is arrived at on the issue, no step can be taken by the Centre," he said maintaining that the federal structure should not be disturbed in any way.

The Home Minister insisted that the Intelligence Bureau at the Centre cannot keep a tab on each village and lane which was the job of Special Branches and CIDs of the state police.