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Congress takes ache to Shinde

Shinde on his way to T-Point border outpost in North 24-Parganas on Sunday. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta

Calcutta, Feb. 24: Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today said he would talk to chief minister Mamata Banerjee regarding the state Congress’s complaint about “the state’s deteriorating law and order”.

“Today, I took a note of the Bengal Congress’s complaint about the state’s deteriorating law and order. I will certainly take it up with the chief minister tomorrow while travelling with her to the Sundarbans,” Shinde told journalists at the state Congress headquarters in Bidhan Bhavan.

On a two-day tour of the state, the Union minister today visited a floating border outpost at T-Point near Dhamakhali in North 24-Parganas. He is scheduled to join Mamata at Frasergunj in South 24-Parganas tomorrow morning and later go on an aerial tour of the Sundarbans with her.

A PCC functionary present at a meeting that preceded the news conference, however, said the central minister “did not commit anything when we drew his attention to rising crime in the state. He reminded us that he could not do much on law and order because it is a state-centric matter”.

Asked about Mamata’s opposition to the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Shinde said: “Mamataji, like some other Opposition chief ministers, is against the NCTC. But I believe she would co-operate with the Centre on NCTC. I will raise the issue with her tomorrow.”

The minister said he was yet to receive any report on governor M.K. Narayanan’s “goondaism” remark about the state’s law and order situation. “I have not received any report. So I can’t comment.”