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Narendra Modi takes on Centre at internal security meet

New Delhi, Mon, 16 Apr 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Slamming the Central Government in the recent controversies with the army, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that tensions between the civil and military wings are bound to adversely impact the internal security of the country.

"It is unfortunate that the present Union Government has failed to instill faith and confidence about our defence preparedness in the common man," he said.

"The internal security of the country cannot be viewed in isolation as it is intertwined with the external security scenario and the armed forces play an important role in anti-infiltration and anti-insurgency which directly impinges on the internal security of the nation," he added.

Asserting that there should be a trust between the Centre and the state governments on security, Modi said: " Unilateral decisions by the Center must stop."

The Gujarat Chief Minister also said that the armed forces of the country required ammunition and training in internal security, added that it is worrying that the country's defence forces don't have enough ammunition.

Modi also questioned the Central Government on why the recommendations of chief ministers had not been included in the Action Taken Report on 'internal security'.

Earlier, in his opening speech, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the issue of internal security remains a big challenge in which the states and the Centre must work together and in harmony.

On the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) issue, Dr. Singh said the issue will be discussed on May 5 separately as requested by some chief ministers.

"The internal security situations by and large satisfactory since February 2011. the threats from terror and left-wing extremism remains and needs constant vigil. We have to deal with them firmly. In Jammu and Kashmir, there has been a perceptible improvement in the security environment. The situation in the North East remains complex," he added. (ANI)

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