Naxalism can’t be solved by gun, says Bihar CM

Manjhi said former chief minister Nitish Kumar tried to solve the Maoist issue in the state and took up development work for marginalised people to tackle it.

By: Press Trust of India | Patna | Published:June 29, 2014 12:00 am

Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi said he disagreed with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that no talks will be held with Maoists and a befitting reply given if attacked.

“Theoretically, I disagree with what he has said. Naxalism cannot be solved with the help of gun. We have to find the underlying reasons behind it. The only solution lies in all-round development of society,” Manjhi told reporters here.

“Frustration over lack of socio-economic-educational development and employment, as well as unavailability of justice among the weaker sections has led to Naxalism. The answer to it lies only in development,” Manjhi said.

Manjhi said former chief minister Nitish Kumar tried to solve the Maoist issue in the state and took up development work for marginalised people to tackle it.

“This policy actually helped and now the situation in the state has changed so much that our Maoist brothers have to work hard to search for new recruits. Young men don’t want to join them. Development weans people away from Naxalism,” he said.

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