February 25, 2012 admin

Capt Amarinder questions SAD-BJP’s moral, constitutional authority to reject NCTC proposal

CHANDIGARH, February 25: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today questioned the moral and constitutional authority of the SAD-BJP alliance in rejecting the central government’s proposal to set up National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), saying it was not authorized to take policy decisions since it was only a care take government.
He also made it categorically clear that fighting terrorism was the collective responsibility of both the centre as well as the states. He said, the Congress government to be formed in Punjab after the declaration of the results will review the SAD-BJP alliance decision while keeping in view the national interest and the challenges posed by the terrorism across the country. “The decision should be taken by an elected and not a care taker government”, he asserted.
Criticising the decision of the alliance rejecting the proposal, Capt Amarinder said, such a decision should have been left to the next government going to be formed very soon. He pointed out, as on now the SAD-BJP alliance had no mandate to take any policy decisions since it is only a temporary arrangement till the declaration of the results.
The former Chief Minister criticized the SAD-BJP alliance particularly the Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal for blindly toeing the line taken by the BJP purely for partisan considerations while overlooking the national interest.
“Given the seriousness and the sensitivity of the issue it needs to be handled carefully and calls for cooperation and not the confrontation as resorted to by SAD-BJP alliance and other NDA-ruled states for partisan interests”, he observed.

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