CPI(M) Politburo member and Member of Parliament Sitaram Yechury opined that the West Bengal government should be receptive rather than walking on the path of confrontation. Yechury was commenting on the state government's stand regarding the all India strike slated for February 28.
Yechury talking to HT in Darjeeling stated, "The strike is not called by party or parties of adhering to a single political ideology. Such is the condition of the workers in the country that in a rare instance trade unions affiliated to the Left parties, Congress and the BJP have come together to call this bandh, as the last resort. Even the Prime Minister is eager to initiate dialogue with the Trade Union leaders. However, the present West Bengal government going against the interest of the workers, rather infringing on the workers' rights has decided to walk the confrontation path. It is up to the people of West Bengal to judge the true colours of the state government."
Commenting on the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Yechury stated that there is no need for such an agency and that it disturbs the Indian Federal structure.
"The NCTC is a fallout of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-President Obama talks in 2010 on greater US-India cooperation to counter terrorism, based on a similar National Counterterrorism Center that exists in the US. However, in the US, it is an independent agency while in India it is to be under the IB. Such an agency is not possible in India as Article I (A) of the Indian Constitution talks of India as a Union of States. Without the states there is no India and policing is a state subject. How can the NCTC do policing in the States?" Yechury.
The CPI(M) MP alleged that during the formation of the National Investigation Agency by an Act of Parliament in 2008, the government had then assured that a feedback would be taken from the states within six months of the floating of the NIA. "However, this never happened," added Yechury.
Yechury in the capacity of chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture arrived in Darjeeling on Sunday.