Shinde meets Mamata, says favours NCTC

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"It is the combined responsibility of the Centre and states to combat terrorism. Terrorism impacts the sovereignty of India. It impinges on both public order and law and order. The fight against terrorism can and must co-exist with federalism. It would be meaningless to debate an imaginary 'federalism versus terrorism' issue," he said in a signed article.

He suggested that the BJP will have no objection to the NCTC if it honoured the federal framework of the Constitution. "There could be no possible objection to NCTC, but its powers and jurisdictions must be within the constitutional framework," he said.

The Centre had planned to establish the NCTC from March 1 last year but had to put it on hold following strong opposition from nearly all non-Congress CMs. It has started a fresh round of discussion with all state governments, hoping that the Hyderabad blasts would convince them of the pressing need for the NCTC.

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