New Delhi: Ten days after the deadly Naxal attack in Chhatisgarh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called an internal security meeting of the Chief Ministers of all states. Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Madhya Predesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah are the non-Congress CMs who will be attending the meet on Wednesday.
Some of the non-Congress states have been opposing the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). The NCTC has seen a lot of opposition from the states because of the power to unilaterally search, seize and arrest that was given to it in the 2012 order. But CNN-IBN has learnt that a new draft doesn't allow the NCTC to function without state's help.
While that might take into account objections from the state, the question that is being asked is how will the NCTC then be different from the multi-agency centre house within the Intelligence Bureau.
Meanwhile, the chief ministers of seven Naxal-affected states will also meet Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in a separate meeting to discuss Naxal strategy. CNN-IBN has accessed the agenda for the meeting and has learnt that the Home Ministry will propose an Andhra-like model developing local intelligence and special force like Greyhound to immediately start the fight against Naxals. On May 25, 26 people, including two senior Congress leaders, died in the Naxal attack in the Bastar region in Chhattisgarh.
Even as some non-Congress cheif ministers are attending the internal security meet, there are some who will stay away. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa will not be attending the internal security meet. In fact Jaya wrote to the PM on Tuesday saying, "We are equal partners & expect to be able to make a meaningful contribution. But the current exercise seems to get CMs to rubber stamp pre-decided measures. I was forced to cut short my speech at the last National Development Council meet in a humiliating manner."