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Milind Deora widens rift in Congress,says Naxals behaving like rogue state

Day after Digvijay Singh,K C Deo go soft on Naxals,Milind Deora seeks aggressive response.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: May 31, 2013 4:45:06 pm

Government should not talk to the Naxals who are behaving like a “rogue state”,Union Minister Milind Deora today said,seeking an aggressive and cohesive security response against Maoist cadres.

Deora’s comments come in the wake of UPA govt’s Tribals Minister Kishore Chandra Deo calling the Salwa Judum anti-Naxal policy a ‘sinful strategy’. In similar vein,Congress leader Digvijay Singh slammed Operation Green Hunt,which was dubbed ‘fascist’ by Naxals.

Condemning the deadly Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh,Deora said development works should be targeted at locals living in Left Wing extremism hit areas so that they are not lured by the radical thoughts of Naxalism.

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“I don’t think you need to talk to them (Maoists). You don’t need to talk to these people. When you take up arms against the state,we cannot talk to you. They are behaving like a rogue state,” Deora,Minister of State for Communication,IT and Shipping said.

The MP from South Mumbai said all state governments along with the Centre will have to jointly take the responsibility of ushering development projects in these areas aimed at the local population.

Deora said it was his view that “politics should be kept aside” while working in these areas and not only the security apparatus but also other resources required for development should be augmented.

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“A strong approach both in terms of deploying security forces and initiating public works in Naxal affected areas is required,” he said.

The May 25 Naxal ambush in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh killed 27 people including state PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel and another prominent leader Mahendra Karma.

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