NEW DELHI, Feb 17 � Chief Ministers of non-Congress and BJP-ruled states and a Congress ally today raised a banner of revolt against the Centre�s proposal to set up an apex counter-terror organisation, saying it struck at the roots of federalism and usurp states� powers, reports PTI.
However, the Union government rejected all criticism and expressed its determination to go ahead with setting up of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), a brain-child of Home Minister P Chidambaram.
The protest was initiated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who wrote to his counterparts in West Bengal (Mamata Banerjee), Bihar (Nitish Kumar) and Tamil Nadu (J Jayalalitha) and to TDP chief and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
First to respond was Congress ally Banerjee, who wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to �review and withdraw� the decision.
Expressing concern that the NCTC would infringe on the federal rights of states, Banerjee had said: �It is difficult for the state government to accept such arbitrary exercise of power by the central government/central agency, which have a bearing on the rights and privilege of the states as enshrined in the Constitution of India�.
Next to write was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa who said the proposed body suffered from �deficiencies� and has provisions that tantamount to usurping the legitimate rights of the states.
�I share the concerns of other state Chief Ministers who have expressed reservations against the attitude of certain Ministries in the Government of India acting in a high handed manner without due consultation with the States,� she said in her letter to Singh.