Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Close on the heels of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik writing to the Centre and seeking support of other states to oppose anti-militancy body, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also demanded its withdrawal.

Mamata, terming the Ministry order to set up NCTC an infringement on federal rights of the States, said, “Any decision which infringes power and rights of the state governments should be taken after adequate consultation and with the consent of the States.”

“It will be difficult for the State Government to accept such arbitrary exercise of powers by the Centre which have bearing on the rights and privileges of the state as enshrined in the Constitution,’’ she cautioned.

Naveen was the first to write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his intervention into ‘infringement’ of rights of states by the Centre. In his letter to Prime Minister, Naveen had pointed out that the anti-terror agency, constituted in the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and the powers vested in it appear to be an infringement on the powers of State Governments in matters of investigation and maintenance of order.

Naveen had also apprised former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of the Congress-led UPA Government’s attempt to infringe the rights of the States and requested the Telugu Desam Party leader to take action on this matter.

Patnaik also requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to oppose such a unilateral and authoritarian move that infringes the legitimate jurisdiction of the States.

He had urged the Prime Minister to review the matter before operationalisation of the NCTC from March 1.