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Don't politicise NCTC issue: BJP

Posted on Feb 25, 06:37PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 25 : India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday criticised the ruling Congress and said it should not politicise the issue of setting up of anti-terror body National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

The BJP made the comment a day after Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the Centre will push for the NCTC.

"The NCTC debate should not be raked up by the Congress at this time. NCTC was a skewed bill. It was giving powers to Intelligence Bureau to go on arresting people," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told media.

"This is never done in democratic setup, it happens only in dictatorships. We warn the Congress not to play politics with the basic idea of security," he said.

Shinde on Sunday told media: "I have told the Rajya Sabha that we will pursue the NCTC. Many states are still opposing it...We have to do it."

He said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is 'very cooperative' on the issue of NCTC.

"I have already taken up this with the CM. Mamataji is very cooperative on this issue and others like Unlawful Activities Prevention Act...Whenever the country faces difficulty, the CM is very cooperative," he told media in Kolkata.

Interestingly, several Chief Ministers, including Mamata, Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, had earlier raised objections to the Centre's plan of setting up National Counter Terrorism Centres to combat terror, a move that the states feel will overstep on their administration ambit.