Bhubaneswar: After West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu support Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s view to oppose anti-militancy body, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) claiming that it is an attack on the federal structure of the country.
Chandrababu Naidu, in his letter to the Prime Minister said, “The order should be immediately rescinded, as it smacks of authoritarianism.”
“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 affecting Centre-State relations,” he said.
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.
Both Mamata and Jayalalitha had written to Prime Minister expressing their strong reservations about the formation of NCTC following Naveen’s letter.
It should be noted that as per the memorandum of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on February 3, the NCTC officers will have power to search and arrest under Section-3A of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, without consulting the State Government.
Further the order also requires all authorities, including functionaries of State Governments to provide information, documents and reports to NCTC.