New Delhi: The non-Congress Chief Ministers on Saturday expressed their serious disagreement over the set up of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and said that the proposed anti-terror body in current form is not acceptable to the states.


Accusing the Centre of behaving like "Viceroys of yore", Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said constitution of NCTC is a conscious strategy to cast the Centre as an "omnipresent" ruler with states portrayed as dependent vassals.

Underlining that the fight against terror requires clear vision and a strong political will, Modi said there was a need to carry along all constituents of federal polity and build a conscious view in finalising the strategy to fight it.

"Piecemeal approach with disjointed efforts will not lead us to the desired goal. Without comprehensively reviewing our past efforts and actions we would go on creating agencies and organisations and yet fail to achieve the purpose," Modi said.

He accused the Centre of changing the "well-defined and constitutionally mandated" boundaries of Centre-state relations and said there was a disturbing sequence of events in the recent past which revealed "centralists and autocratic mindset that militates against all canons of federalism."

"Be it proposed amendments to the Railway Protection Act, the Border Security Force Act, and the Limited competitive Examination issue and so on, the Union Government has behaved in a manner which reminds us of Viceroys of yore," he said.

He said NCTC may look like a hasty and ill-conceived move but in the backdrop of recent events in our "body-politic" assumes significance as a conscious strategy to pursue "certain hidden goal".

"The assertions and assumptions on which the NCTC has been crafted, casts the Central Government in the role of omnipresent, omniscient ruler with the states portrayed like dependent vassals, belittling the states which are today the real engines of India's progress," he said.

Modi urged the Centre to "come to terms with current political realities and change its mindset" of seeking to capture political space through devious executive mechanisms."


Rejecting the NCTC in its present form, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa blasted the Home Ministry, saying it was trying to "belittle" the state governments and treating them as "pawns on a chess board" instead of addressing "gaps and deficiencies" in counter terrorism capabilities.

Addressing chief ministers and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Jayalalithaa said the Home Ministry's move to accumulate the counter-terrorism powers with the central agency "is preposterous and reveals total lack of understanding of ground realities".

The Chief Minister further demanded setting up of a sub-committee of Chief Ministers who will look into several provisions of the proposed body.

She said the NCTC in its present format would only strengthen terrorists.


Echoing similar views, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that the proposed body in the present form is unacceptable to the states and the Centre must work on building consensus over the issue.

He, however, maintained that if the Central government suitably amends the controversial provisions of the NCTC after incorporating the suggestions of state governments then he will support the move.


Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the NCTC "violates" the principle of federalism and the structure adopted for it suffers from "serious and basic flaws".

Referring to Emergency days, Kumar said that if such powers are given to a secret intelligence agency of the Central Government, they will remain prone to misuse against political rivals and asked the government to immediately withdraw it.

"One does not have to go far back in history to recall that eminent political leaders were branded as threats to national security and were put behind bars during the emergency of 1975-77," Kumar said.

Holding that excessive interference from Centre in matters of day-to-day governance is against the spirit of the Constitution, Kumar said the significant area of control of law and order and policing left with the states is now increasingly under attack from the Centre and "NCTC is the latest instrument of interference in this context".


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