Modi all praise for Chidambaram, Pillai

"Response of home secretary, home minister is swift and positive whenever there is a demand from the states"

PTI | February 7, 2010



A day after taking a jibe at the centre over its "helplessness" on price rise, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday was found complimenting Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Home Secretary G.K. Pillai for their approach in tackling terror.

"Response of the home secretary and home minister is swift and positive whenever there is a demand from the states," Modi told reporters on the sidelines of the Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security.

He said due to the hostile attitude of "our neighbouring country, security is an important issue which needs to be taken seriously."

Asked about the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill, Modi said there are only two ways to deal with security related issues.

"Firstly, we need modern weapons and an increased strength of forces. We believe in democracy, we believe in human rights. So, it is also necessary to strengthen the laws."

He said better laws will strengthen the democracy and will also protect human rights.

In a recent move, the Home Ministry has recommended to the president not to sign the GUJCOC Bill which was passed by the Gujarat assembly for the fourth time on July 28 last year.

The ministry's objections are primarily related to two provisions in GUJCOC -- admission of confession made before a police officer in a court and a clause that bars grant of bail to a person if the public prosecutor opposes it.

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