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Updated: April 16, 2012 09:39 IST

Mamata to skip CMs' meet on internal security

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A file photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
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A file photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

She will, however, attend a meeting convened by the Centre next month to discuss NCTC

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not be attending a meeting of Chief Ministers convened by the Centre in New Delhi on Monday to discuss matters relating to internal security. Finance Minister Amit Mitra is expected to represent West Bengal at the meeting, informed sources said here on Sunday.

Ms. Banerjee, however, will attend a meeting convened by the Centre on May 5 to discuss National Counterterrorism Centre (NCTC). Ms. Banerjee is among the Chief Ministers who have expressed their reservations on the NCTC.

She had earlier sought a separate meeting to discuss the issue, instead of taking it up as one of the issues at the conclave on internal security. She had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month. Subsequently, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram wrote to Ms. Banerjee stating that a separate meeting will be convened on May 5 to discuss the NCTC issue.

In an interview to select television channels on March 29, she had underlined the need for a meeting that would concentrate only on the NCTC issue. “Ten important issues cannot be discussed on a single day,” she had argued.

Among the issues to be discussed at Monday's meeting is strengthening counter-terrorism and intelligence capabilities, tackling cross-border terrorism and left-wing extremism and combating economic offences.

Sir, Mamatha Banerjee seems to protest against any move by the Centre. While she deserves praise for her achievement of dethroning the Marxist dominance in the State, her attitude that she is the only wise individual in the country eventually should prove detrimental to her own plans. Miss Banerjee, please be more sensible and learn to co-operate with the centre.

from:  K.K. Cherian
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 09:40 IST

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is an escapist. Attendance register in the parliament shows she attended the House the poorest 18% of working days. She did not vote in the crucial 2008, No-confidence motion against UPA-I, when her SINGLE vote was badly needed by the poor Dr Manmohan Singh to save the government against the onslaught by the Communists. (123 Hyde Act, the Neuclear Treay with America). Now she will not be attending the crucial meeting of Chief Ministers convened by the Centre in New Delhi on Monday to discuss matters relating to internal security, so that in the future she can safely say,"I do not know anything, I was not invited". She has matered the art of vetoing everything the congress government proposes, as if she is not part of it, just to extract and extort central fund to shape her whims, the world knows it all. In the federal structure, other states won't keep mum for such blackmailing for long. Orissa has already protested aginst such partisan steps.

from:  gokul burman
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 08:14 IST

It is high time that a body like NCTC should have been formed years
back.Lack of coordination among states,intelligent wing and police had
given room for terrorists to take advantage.Even police department of
all states has to be merged and renamed as Indian police.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 06:50 IST

West Bengal remain the main part of India and matters concerning the country when discussed, WB, must remain united along with the centre on most of security issues,more so on terrorism,which has vital link,being the neighbour of Bangladesh as fact, a special security army force has to remain vigilant all along the border of wb and bangladesh with the control centre army only.Mrs Mamta can look after the development of the state then.Let there be more participation in this regards.

from:  vaidya
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 04:34 IST

It is a great thing for the security of the country that a fool like Mamata did not
attend this important meeting.

from:  Ormulogun Gumbal
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 03:20 IST

This is too much Mamataa Didiji, you can't have your say alone always;
you must have to listen to others! I like ways of Didi but these have to
be balanced in the sense act easily or else your enemies will rise

from:  Dinesh Nissan
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 01:33 IST

A typical chief minister, she is thinking too much of herself.

from:  M.sankaralingam
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012 at 22:30 IST

No problem since Finance minister is going to participate.

from:  Hari
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012 at 21:18 IST

When the meeting is "Chief minister's meeting" how a non CM can
participate in this meeting ? The meeting must be a high esteemed
meeting and may include some critical or confidential issues which
should not be leaked out.A CM is certainly more responsible or
questionable than any cabinet minister.So a cabinet minister must not be
allowed in such a high profile meeting.

from:  Avijit sinharoy
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012 at 20:37 IST

obviously she needs to skip it...when she herself is becoming an
internal security hazard/threat...hw can she discuss ways and means to
combat the same...totally a fascist leader!!

from:  lily
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012 at 20:21 IST
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