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Cong soft on Naxals: BJP

Rattled by the Congress’s charge of a BJP-Naxal conspiracy behind last week’s killing of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh,the BJP

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 31, 2013 2:26:25 am

Rattled by the Congress’s charge of a BJP-Naxal conspiracy behind last week’s killing of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh,the BJP Thursday accused the Congress of being dishonest in its fight against Naxalism. It said the ruling party at the Centre was pursuing a soft and inconsistent policy for tackling the Maoist menace.

“I want to remind Sonia Gandhi that when 76 CRPF personnel were killed (by Naxals),the Home Minister assured the state government of support. Based on that assurance,the state government took action. Then Digvijaya Singh criticised the Home Minister and it was supported by Sonia Gandhi. This put a brake (on initiatives against Naxals). How can people like these be honest towards checking Naxalism,” said J P Nadda,BJP general secretary in charge of Chhattisgarh.

“Let me remind that Naxalism took roots (in undivided MP) during the government of (Congress) Motilal Vora and it flourished during Digvijaya Singh’s government,” he said. “They (Congress) have adopted a soft approach. We will expose their double standards.” Nadda accused the the Sonia-led NAC of patronising “Naxal supporters”.

He favoured Salwa Judum within the legal framework as prescribed by the court.

Cong toughens stand: ‘Naxals are terrorists’

NEW DELHI: INDICATING a definite shift in its stance on Naxalism following the killing of its senior leaders in Chhattisgarh,the Congress Thursday said there is “some substance” in the description of Maoists as “terrorists”. This came from party spokesman Bhakta Charan Das in reply to queries about whether the party endorsed Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh’s description of Naxalites as “terrorists”.

“We cannot ignore what he (Jairam) has said. His view has some substance,” Das told reporters. Reminded of Sonia’s description of Naxalites as misguided youth four years ago,he said the Maoists have “changed colours” since then.

Minister for Corporate Affairs Sachin Pilot also termed the Naxalites as “pure terrorists”,adding that they should be dealt with an “iron fist”.

“It is a cold-blooded murder. They have no respect for life. They do not let any development work happen and kill tribals. What we have to do as government is to talk to those outfits which abjure violence…. But they cannot do it on gunpoint,” Pilot told The Indian Express.

Cops name top Maoist leaders in attack

RAIPUR: THE Chhattisgarh police have registered a case against around 20 persons and nearly 80 other unidentified persons for their alleged role in the Bastar attack in which 25 persons,including PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel and former minister Mahendra Karma were killed.

The police named top Maoist leaders Ramanna and Pappa Rao among those involved in the attack. They have been booked under provisions of IPC and Chhattisgarh Public Safety Act.

Meanwhile,the Congress Thursday boycotted the all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Raman Singh. The CM expressed regret at their absence and said when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi can visit Chhattisgarh and hold meetings,what prevented the state Congress from attending the meet.

“Naxalism is a national issue. All parties and governments must come forward to resolve it,” he said.

Congress’s Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said the party did not attend the meeting as the government was “criminally negligent” in providing security to its leaders.

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