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Govt hasn't discussed NCTC with us: Omar

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Feb 21, 2012 at 03:45pm IST

Srinagar: Trouble seems to be growing for the UPA government over the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). Not just the Opposition, but its allies are also increasingly opposing the plan. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has now said that the NCTC has not been discussed by the government with the state chief ministers.

However, Omar restrained from clearly opposing the NCTC. "No discussion has taken place on NCTC and I will give my response on the NCTC at the meeting with the Home Ministry," Omar said.

Earlier, UPA ally and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had strongly opposed the NCTC plan.

Mamata in her letter to the Prime Minister apprehended that the agency might undermine the states' control over law and order.

Mamata wrote in her letter, dated February 14, "It is difficult for the state government to accept such arbitrary exercise of power by the Central government... which have a bearing on the rights and privilege of the states as enshrined in the Constitution of India."

"This has not been done in the instant case. The order, therefore, appears to be an infringement on the powers of state governments in matters of investigation and maintenance of order," she wrote.

She asked the prime minister to "review and withdraw" the order on organisation, function, power and duties of the NCTC.

The government has been facing falk from the Opposition over the NCTC with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik leading the group of chief ministers of the non-UPA led states against the NCTC.

Earlier, Patnaik and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to the Prime Minister again over the NCTC plan.

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