Mamata Banerjee to skip CM meet on internal security tomorrow

New Delhi, Apr 15: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the Chief Ministers’ conference convened at New Delhi by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to discuss matters relating to internal security.

The reason for her absence at Monday’s meeting is not clear as yet.

However, Banerjee is expected to attend the May 5 meeting on the controversial National Counter Terror Centre (NCTC) issue.

Banerjee, along with her counterparts from Tamil Nadu, Odisha and a few other states, has been opposing the setting up of the NCTC claiming the proposed anti-terror hub would infringe upon the states’ powers and hurt the country’s federal structure.

The April 16 meeting will review internal security situation in the country. Police Reforms and capacity building and ongoing and new initiatives will be high on the agenda.

Other issues to be deliberated upon include strengthening of counter terrorism capabilities and intelligence apparatus, Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS), issues related to Left Wing extremism, border management, coastal security and other Centre-State issues. (ANI)