Mamata to skip CMs meet on internal security

By: admin
Updated: 15 Apr 2012 10:51 PM

New Delhi:  All
non-Congress Chief Ministers, barring Mamata Banerjee, who had come
together to oppose the Centre on the proposed National Counter Terrorism
Centre (NCTC) and other issues, will be attending Monday's Chief
Ministers' conference on internal security, which has been called by the
central government.

Strengthening of counter terror capabilities
and intelligence apparatus, Maoist violence, police reforms and capacity
building will be high on agenda at the meeting, which would be chaired by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The central government has already
conceded the demand of several non-Congress Chief Ministers, including
ally Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, to hold a special meeting
of the Chief Ministers to exclusively discuss the controversial issue of
NCTC on May 5. Sources in Kolkata on Sunday said Banerjee will not attend
Monday's meeting and state Finance Minister Amit Mitra will represent the
West Bengal government. However, Ms Banerjee will take part in the May 5

The conference will be attended by Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister J Jayalalithaa, Odisha's Naveen Patnaik, Bihar's Nitish Kumar and
their Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi, who have been vocal in their
opposition to the NCTC. Uttar Pradesh's Akhilesh Yadav and Jammu and
Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah would also be among those present at
the meet that will deliberate on how India is being affected d