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Centralisation no solution to terrorism: Punjab CM

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dasuya (Hoshiarpur) , February 24, 2013
First Published: 18:30 IST(24/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:11 IST(25/2/2013)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has voiced his opposition to the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in the wake of the recent Hyderabad blasts and strongly advocated decentralisation of powers to tackle the menace.

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He claimed that weakening of federal structure, as has allegedly been done by the UPA government, was not in the interest of the country.

Speaking to the media after attending a function to mark the first death anniversary of former chief parliamentary secretary Amarjeet Singh Sahi, Badal said that due to the wrong policies of the Central government the situation in the country had become highly volatile.

"Successive central governments have already curtailed states' powers. NCTC would be another assault on country's federal structure, "he said.

He claimed that the NCTC was designed by the UPA government to usurp the powers of the state governments. "Setting up of NCTC is a deliberate move to cut the states to size. The government must hold fresh consultations with all the chief ministers as they are the biggest stake-holders in the fight against militancy."

Reiterating the commitment of state government to ensure development of Dasuya, Badal said a polytechnic college, a C-PYTE centre and  an Adarsh school were already under construction while other development works too would be taken up on priority. He said that after the budget session, he would hold a Sangat Darshan programs in the segment. Cabinet minister Mr Chunni Lal Bhagat, state BJP president  Kamal Sharma, Rajya Sabha MP  Avinash Rai Khanna and Sahi's MLA wife Sukhjit Kaur were present.

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