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Arun Jaitley accuses UPA II government for violating principles of federalism

April 4, 2012 - Chennai

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has slammed the Central Government for 'encroaching' upon the rights of the state governments and going against the principle of the federal structure on various issues of national interest.

"The current issue of common interest between lots of political parties is the issue of federalism, which we find, is being seriously encroached by the central government.

And there was no particular agenda, it was a courtesy meeting and that is the reason, I was here for," Jaitley told media here.

Jaitely further said that the BJP and all the state governments hold similar views on the issue of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

"Well the stand the state chief ministers have taken on NCTC and what our party has taken, there is commonality between the stand and this fact has been well known even earlier," he said.

Several state governments, including states ruled by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) partners had opposed certain provisions of the NCTC , calling it as an infringement of the powers of state governments.

The proposed NCTC has the power to seek information, including documents, reports, transcripts, and cyber information from any agency, including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), National Investigation Agency, National Technical Research Organisation, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and all seven central armed police forces including the National Security Guard (NSG).

The body, which will function under the Intelligence Bureau, has been given its own operational wing with powers to arrest and conduct searches under Section 43A of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.


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