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Centre calls CMs’ meeting

india Updated: Nov 27, 2007 02:26 IST
Anil Anand
Anil Anand
Hindustan Times
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The Centre will soon convene a meeting of the chief ministers to discuss the internal security situation in the aftermath of UP bomb blasts. The meeting is likely to be held in the next fortnight.

Responding to an impromptu discussion on the UP incidents in Lok Sabha, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would convene the CMs’ meeting shortly.

Earlier, similar statements were made by Patil and his deputy Sriparakash Jaiswal in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively. They expressed the Centre’s resolve to continue fight against disruptive forces and “neutralise” the terrorists.

In Lok Sabha, the members demanded strengthening of the central intelligence network, which, they felt, was falling time and again. Even as Patil obliquely referred to the Mayawati government, which blamed the Centre for the blasts, he felt the menace of terrorism could be checked only through a joint effort.

The Samajwadi Party benches went a step further and asked the Centre to act against the UP dispensation for its failure to check terrorist activities. “If you talk against each other then the task cannot be achieved. It is not a time for blame game and both the governments should work together,” Patil intervened. Responding to the demand for a federal crime set up, Patil said it needed broader agreement with the states.

Red tape stalls House

Meanwhile, the Upper House went without any business as red tape played truant for over 40 minutes: The copies of the statement by the Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal were not distributed to members despite protests and two adjournments.

As Jaiswal rose to make his suo motu statement in the Rajya Sabha on the UP blasts, opposition members demanded that copies of the statement be supplied for discussion. The opposition then lodged loud protests for the copies to be supplied in Hindi.