Facing stiff opposition to NCTC from non-Congress chief ministers, Home Minister Sushil kumarShinde on Wednesday said both the Centre and states need to work together for setting up the proposed counter-terrorism body and sought consensus from all stakeholders.
"When such opposition is there, we will think over it and then decide. We need to take consensus on it. I have said it many a times that both the Centre and states need to work together. We cannot do it alone," Shinde told reporters when asked about the government's strategy on setting up National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).
He said the government has already accepted the demands of some chief ministers opposed to the proposed body.
"First, their (chief ministers) objection that it should not be under Intelligence Bureau, we took it out. They also said its operationalisation should not be under IB, that also we did.
"I will only say that we tried to have a central intelligence agency but they said Multi-Agency Centre is there. To which, they have accepted which is also a central agency," Shinde said apparently suggesting that the opposing states should agree to NCTC.
The Home Minister said seeing such resistance to NCTC, the government had first decided to take their (chiefministers) opinion and then to approach the Cabinet Committeeon Security (CCS).
"Accordingly, they were given the drafts. We have got many comments which are under examination. After examination, we will decide whether to take it to the CCS or not.
As of now, there is no question of taking it (NCTC) to the CCS," he said.
Chief Ministers like Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Jayalalithaa (Tamil Nadu), Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal have opposed even a watered-down proposal for NCTC during a recent meeting on internal security here.