Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh
Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh
New Delhi: In the backdrop of the abduction of two Italian tourists by the Maoists in Odisha, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday cited the need for the establishment of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) to tackle left wing extremism.

Singh, while replying to the amendment motions moved by the Opposition on the NCTC which was referred to in the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha emphasized that the Opposition’s charge that the Centre was trying to encroach upon the powers of the states and destroy the federal structure of the country by operationalising NCTC was not correct.

“Nothing will be done that will infringe on the federal structure of constitution,” he said. The Opposition demanded assurance from the Prime Minister that without the consensus from the chief ministers, the NCTC will not go forward.

It is noteworthyy to mention that the Samajwadi Party(SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) voted in favour of the Government, while the Trinamool Congress Party(TMC) members abstained from voting in the Rajya Sabha.

The amendment motions had failed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.