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Feb 25, 2013 at 12:04pm IST

Centre backs NCTC after Hyderabad blasts, BJP says don't play politics

New Delhi: There is no end to the controversy surrounding the Centre's proposed move to push for the creation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) following the Hyderabad blasts. The Bharatiya Janata Party has charged the Congress with politicising the issue of terrorism.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that the direct arrest power to the Intelligence Bureau is not possible in a democratic country. He pointed out that the NCTC was opposed by most states.

"The NCTC debate should not be raked up by the Congress at this time. NCTC was a skewed bill. It was giving powers to Intelligence Bureau to go on arresting people. This is never done in democratic setup, it happens only in dictatorships. We warn the Congress not to play politics with the basic idea of security," Javadekar said.

The statement came a day after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the Centre will push for NCTC and speak to all chief ministers opposed to it. He also said he had spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was ready to lend her support. "I have taken up this issue of NCTC with CM Mamataji, she is very cooperative on this issue and also on unlawful activities," Shinde said.

The proposal to set up NCTC was put on hold after some states protested against its implementation, saying it would encroach on their rights. The chief minister opposing it also included Odisha's Naveen Patnaik and Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalithaa.

Following the Hyderabad twin blasts on February 21, the NCTC debate came to the fore yet again with the Home Minister stressing on its need. "The government is committed to combat such cowardly terror attack and it shall make all possible efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and masterminds behind the blasts and ensure that they are punished as per the law. The blast proves there is a need for the NCTC. When we were bringing it, every one said it is against the states. We are ready to bring the NCTC, we can discuss it," Shinde had said after the blasts.

(With additional information from IANS)