Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has raked up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) issue once again in a letter written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Jayalalithaa, one of the vociferous opponents of the NCTC, has demanded a separate meeting of all the chief ministers to discuss the counter-terrorism body.
She has asked the Prime Minister asking for the NCTC to be put on hold till all the apprehensions raised by the state governments are addressed.
“It is indeed unfortunate that, without taking into consideration the views and sentiments of various State Chief Ministers, the constitution of the NCTC is sought to be steamrolled into existence. At this juncture, I request that the formation of the NCTC may first be ordered to be held in abeyance and a separate meeting of Chief Ministers may be convened only to discuss this matter. The views of various Chief Ministers will have to be given due consideration and a purposeful discussion on counter terrorism should be made possible. I request an early reply in this matter,” she wrote in the letter.
She is one of the nine chief minister mostly from the non-United Progressive Alliance ruled states who have objected to the anti-terror body claiming that it infringes on the rights of states.