Naidu Writes to Manmohan

BHUBANESWAR: Leaders across political spectrum in the country have started jumping on the bandwagon supporting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s stand against the proposed National Counter Terro

Published: 18th February 2012 02:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:58 PM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: Leaders across political spectrum in the country have started jumping on the bandwagon supporting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s stand against the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).    

  Naveen got another shot in the arm on Friday when former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh and Telugu Desam president N Chandrababu Naidu demanded that the Centre’s order on the NCTC should immediately be rescinded. It smacks of ‘authoritarianism’, he charged.

  In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Naidu sought his intervention on the issue and requested him to direct the Union Home Ministry to revoke the order immediately.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs should be asked to initiate debate with political parties and state governments along with discussion in Parliament on this vital issue affecting Centre-state relations,” he said.

  Naidu shot off the missive supporting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s stand on the NCTC.

Both Banerjee and Jaya have written to Prime Minister expressing their strong reservations about the anti-terror authority following Naveen’s letter.

Now, it seems regional satraps are closing ranks against the Centre on the issue.

  “It came to my notice that the Ministry of Home Affairs vide its office memorandum of February 3, 2012, has vested all- encompassing and sweeping powers in the proposed NCTC in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) violating the federal spirit of the Constitution,” he said.

  “The order, undoubtedly, smacks of authoritarianism and is against the spirit of cooperative federalism enunciated in the Constitution,” Naidu said in the letter released by Odisha Chief Minister’s Office here.

  The director of the NCTC, specified as designated authority under Section 2(e) of Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, 1967, and his officers can arrest and conduct search without prior consultation with the state government concerned as per the order of Ministry of Home Affairs, he pointed out.

  “They (NCTC officers) can have access to information, documents, reports from all the civil authorities directly from the functionaries of the state government.

It is quite inexplicable that such an important order, having ramifications on  Centre-state relations, has been issued without consulting the state governments and political parties,” Naidu said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp