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Updated: April 17, 2012 17:57 IST

Regret some States still harbour mistrust: Chidambaram

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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the inauguration of a conference of Home Ministers and Ministers of Social Justice of all States/UTs in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
The Hindu Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the inauguration of a conference of Home Ministers and Ministers of Social Justice of all States/UTs in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

A day after non-Congress Chief Ministers and an ally attacked the Centre over NCTC, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday lamented the “mistrust” harboured by some states and expressed confidence that the issue would be resolved in the May 5 meeting.

Answering criticism that the Centre was making inroads into states’ powers, he said the Centre would “step back” for every step taken by the state governments in fighting terror, Maoists and accept responsibility for border management.

Responding to questions at a press conference where he was asked about the attack on the Centre by some Chief Ministers at the conference on internal security on Monday, Mr. Chidambaram said after the conference, it is a matter of deep regret that there is still some suspicion of the Central government.

“It is unfortunate that some states harbour mistrust against the Central government...The Central government is willing to step back, if a state or states willing to accept more responsibility,” he said.

At the conference on Monday, non-Congress Chief Ministers Jayalalithaa, Narendra Modi, Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee were sharply critical of the proposal on NCTC and other legislations that were viewed by them as encroaching on states’ policing powers.

Ms Jayalalithaa, Mr. Modi and Mr. Patnaik met separately after the conference and are understood to have discussed the strategy to oppose the NCTC at the May 5 meeting which has been convened specially to discuss the issue.

Mr. Chidambaram said it was wrong to say that all states were critical of the Central government’s role and policies as a vast majority of states have no distrust of the Central government.

“By and large, all states recognised that we are together -- states and Centre are together. There is no way the states can fight terror or militancy or naxalism without the support of Centre. And we never said Centre can do it without involving the states.

“So, everybody recognised explicitly in most cases and implicitly in a few cases that we are in this together. Every Chief Ministers said give us more money. So at least one cord that binds us -- that is money,” he said.

Referring to NCTC, the Home Minister said only two Chief Ministers made passing remarks on that subject but there were many others who emphasised the need for Centre and states to cooperate in fighting terrorism as well Left Wing Extremism.

“We had already circulated the agenda which contains the notes on NCTC and I have already offered that the draft of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) will be circulated before the next meeting.

“We will circulate the draft of the SOP before the meeting on the May. I am confident that May 5 meeting will resolve whatever few differences there are between some states and Central government,” he said.

To a question, he said the Central government had said nothing provocative. “Nothing provocative. We have repeatedly said the frontline responsibility is always with the state governments”.

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''this amounts to states having an army reporting to them for many terror problems.The state is already is having a police force under its power.And we are reading about police forces are being used for political gains by the ruling parties in every state.We wonder whether the same complaint would be there against army also.The day may come when the army would be used by the states against each other.we have already a glimpse of this between kerala and Tamilnadu in Mulla periyar issue.We would go back to the times when south had three kingdoms chola,Pandiya and chera fighting each other..Dr.Ambedkar and other framers of our constitution would sure turn in their graves. while the history is repeating itself,.

from:  doodu
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 14:25 IST

The Chief ministers of badly affected states by Maoist attacks and terrorist activites should think straight and think for themselves than joining the bandwagon. in this matter some of them may lead others to cloud-cuckoo land. Mr. Chidambaram thinks it is wrong to say that all states were critical of the Central government’s role and policies. If some one thinks he or she is oversmart and can fool others and return home with the fattest package showing smiling face and Ta-Ta, he will be doing so fooling the centre and the rest will be sucking their fingers.
“By and large, all states recognised that we are together -- states and Centre are together. There is no way the states can fight terror or militancy or naxalism without the support of Centre. And we never said Centre can do it without involving the states. “So, everybody recognised explicitly in most cases and implicitly in a few cases.

from:  gokul burman
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 08:57 IST

As far Maoist issue, we have to answer the question why do the tribal people support them? If the Governments can even create a slightest feeling of being just, we do not need CRPF to address the Maoist issue. They can start by giving land rights to the people and apologize for years of brutality. Is it too difficult to do? If we can allot land for “social servants” why not the poor? After all, it is the stated policy of the Government to distribute land to the landless!
Oh which era am I in? Wake up! The powers to be cares about the Corporations and the bones they throw at them. Now think about why does the Central Government wants to takeover law enforcement. May be one could understand the true motive here. If India wants security, it should address the problems at its root. Terror threads from neighbors will continue as long as they think they can get away with it. What is India’s reaction for all the terror attacks? Snapping of economic and diplomatic ties? Why would anyone hesitate to attack India? If an attack from external forces is treated as an open declaration of war, then Countries will think many times before launching an attack on India. I don’t think we have Kashmiri youths fighting Indian Army any more. Like everyone else people in Kashmir wants peace as well. The Center should address the grievances of Kashmir genuinely and punish all excesses by the security forces.

from:  Soma
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 06:31 IST

What did you do to earn the trust from your constitution Mr. P.C.? You promised International Airport for IXM - MDU? You’d never win again from here……….by aam admi. GOD BLESS INDIA.

from:  George
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 02:12 IST

Everyone knows how P Chidambaram won the elections. How can anyone trust when things are not normal without any transparency?

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 02:12 IST

Money will solve all the problems? Is that the message? It is well established facts that somuch hypocracy is involved in regional politics. These regional parties wants to change the states into their kingdom. The regional politics has sabotaged the national interest and progress of the country. Every individual must understand that the country and its interest is prime for overall progress and prosperity of the masses. It is high time to get rid of the regional politicians and think of strengthenining the national interest.

from:  soman sreedharan
Posted on: Apr 17, 2012 at 19:51 IST

national secutities should be the primary interesst of everyone and
centre should take into the confidence of all states instead of
intimidating into their basic rights/duty/norms. unfortunately the
present government persisstently , in every manner, try to cut out the
fundamental wings of the states and playing some dirty tricks.

from:  swamy
Posted on: Apr 17, 2012 at 18:15 IST
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