New Delhi: There may be "differences" over the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) but "consensus" can be arrived at through consultations, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday.

"I know there may be differences on the NCTC, but I am hopeful that a consensus can be arrived through consultations," he told the Lok Sabha.

"I have promised chief ministers to consult them on internal security. A meeting will be held with them April 16," he said.

Many non-Congress ruled states in the country have opposed the NCTC alleging that in its present form it amounts to infringement of their powers.

BJP's NCTC amendment defeated

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) amendment on the controversial anti-terror intelligence hub was defeated in the Lok Sabha on Monday after the opposition pressed for a vote on the issue.

The amendment regarding the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) was moved by BJP's Sushma Swaraj who is also the leader of the opposition in the house.

At least 125 members voted for the amendment and 226 voted against it. One member abstained.