Following the direction of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and giving in to the demands of most of the non-Congress ruled states, Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday said that the government will hold a meeting of chief ministers on May 5 to discuss setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).
Informing to media in this regard, Home Minister said he has written to all the chief ministers and is awaiting their response.
"I have written to all the chief ministers and I hope that they will confirm their participation. So on April 16 we will discuss the agenda already circulated and on May 5 we will discuss NCTC. "
Most of the Chief Ministers of opposition parties and Congress ally Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal were opposing the home ministry's move to set up NCTC base in the states, as they argued that it would dilute country's federal structure.
Besides Mamata Banerjee, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seeking his intervention. Prime Minister in this regard has said the he would ask to Chidambaram to hold a meeting to all CMs to discuss over the issue.
In this regard, prior to May 05, an annual meeting of chief ministers will be held in the capital on April 16 and CMs have decided to keep NCTC in agenda of April 16 meeting.
--With IANS Input --
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