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Updated: March 21, 2012 00:54 IST

SP, BSP come to government's rescue on NCTC

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said nothing would be done to infringe upon the federal structure of the Constitution. File photo
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said nothing would be done to infringe upon the federal structure of the Constitution. File photo

The United Progressive Alliance government was on Tuesday spared embarrassment in the Rajya Sabha, thanks to the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party voting with it in rejecting amendments on the issue of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), moved by the Opposition, which later walked out in protest.

While a UPA constituent, the Trinamool Congress, did an encore by quietly leaving the House before the voting, the BSP, whose members walked out of the Lower House on Monday, changed the script and went along with the ruling coalition in the Rajya Sabha.

The House voted 105-82 against the motion moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Party of India(Marxist), the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Shiv Sena and the Biju Janata Dal, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the Centre would consult the Chief Ministers and work towards consensus on the NCTC and do nothing to infringe the federal structure.

Later through voice vote, the House adopted the motion of thanks to the President's address to Parliament.

Earlier, the Opposition agreed to a suggestion by the CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury that the amendments, which regretted that the President's address did not mention that the NCTC was being constituted without consulting the States — thus encroaching on the federal structure and diluting the rights of the States — could be withdrawn if Dr. Singh assured the House that nothing would be done without the consent and agreement of the States.

However, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the Opposition could not dictate the outcome of the April 16 meeting of the Chief Ministers which, the Prime Minister said, has been called to discuss the setting up of the NCTC.

After the amendment was voted out, BJP's M. Venkaiah Naidu said the government's move was an “assault” on federalism, while his colleague S.S. Ahluwalia maintained that rather than winning or losing the vote, what was important was the message the government intended sending from it.

In his reply to the House, Dr. Singh reiterated that his government would do nothing to encroach on the jurisdiction of the States. While there was an acceptance of the idea of setting up the NCTC, there could be differences over how it functioned but these could be narrowed down through discussions. He assured the House of full consultation with the States before the NCTC became operational.

Maoist kidnappings

Referring to the recent kidnapping of two Italians by Maoists in Odisha, Dr. Singh said the incident was a “grim reminder” of the danger the country would face if it was not alert in tackling terrorism and left-wing extremism.

The Prime Minister also touched on the difficult situation the country's economy faced following the global meltdown, adding even in such an environment it recorded a 7 per cent growth.

He said “we must eschew” narrow partisanship and stand united, and expressed the confidence that the economy could return to the nine per cent growth rate that obtained before 2008 provided everyone agreed to difficult decisions which were needed to ensure that India rose as an economic power.

Sharing concern over problems in agriculture and farmer suicides, he said concerted efforts revitalised the sector with its recording a growth of 3 to 3.5 per cent during the 11th Five-Year Plan period, up from less than 2 per cent in the preceding Plan.

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NCTC is needed to manage the terrorism menace but again it should work
without any influence and should consult the state ,after all state are
part of india but at the same time if states fail to comply then
national security is supreme. opposition need to interpret the bills in
a right way so that people may develop an opinion rather then confusing
the masses

from:  asif khan
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 21:50 IST

NCTC is the need of the hour as the country is passing through a very critical phase.Terrorism and left exterism is widely spread in the country.Terrorism across the border is day to day phnomenon.Country must wholeheartedly accept the NCTC provided there is no transgression in the rights of states as feared by oppositon parties.PM has assured the house that centre would take the states into confidence and their consensus before setting of NCTC.The constitution would be followed in letter and spirit.

from:  sarvadeosingh
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 17:57 IST

If the state is loss their resposibility and careless about their public
issues ,in this situation central government issues i.e. NCTC should be
organized. It's only in case of failed by state government.
NCTC will works with state constitutional institutions body which is
well manage and remove contradiction between them.

from:  arun kumar singh
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 16:41 IST

Only the abduction of "two Italians" reminded the PM about the threat to security posed by extremism. No other act by extremists was worth quoting.

from:  Koushik Narayanan
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 16:18 IST

One month ago these 3 (Congress, SP and BSP) were barking on one another
and even they were abusing at their best but now these baseless parties
like SP and BSP are blindly supporting the corrupt Congress. Why not?
Congress has their pet dog CBI in hand which they always use to fulfill
there desires. Can you imagine what will be the stand of India worldwide
if Mulayam, Mamta or Mayawati becomes PM of the country? I cant even
imagine that. I fear they will get the toothless Jan Lokpal bill passed
as well. God save my country from these traitors.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 16:10 IST
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