Delhi: Trinamool Congress, which was one with non-Congress parties in
opposing the government on National Counter Terrorism Centre, on Wednesday
backed the Centre supporting the proposed RPF amendment empowering the
paramilitary force with policing power.
"We want a strong Railway Protection Force for the safety of passengers
and rail property... It is required," Trinamool leader and minister of
state for tourism Sultan Ahmed told.
The TMC's stand is in sharp contrast to chief ministers Naveen Patnaik
(Odisha), J Jayalalithaa (Tamil Nadu) and Narendra Modi (Gujarat) who have
opposed the proposed RPF Bill alleging it would destroy federal structure
of the Constitution.
TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi is the railway minister. Asked why TMC is not in
agreement with Patnaik, Modi and Jayalalithaa on the RPF issue while it
was on the same page with them on NCTC, Ahmed said "NCTC is going to be a
new outfit whereas RPF and GRP are not new. We have seen in the last so
many years that GRP has not been able to do it (protecting passengers)
properly. Give the RPF some powers to protect passengers."