Debating India

Left wants Centre to be pro-active in northeast

Monday 4 October 2004

NEW DELHI: In a veiled attack on the government for its handling of the security situation, the Left parties today asked the Manmohan Singh governmnent to take a proactive role for restoring normalcy in the northeast.

The CPM and CPI also asked the Centre to evolve a strategy for countering insurgency in the region.

In separate statements, the CPM politburo and the CPI central secretariat expressed serious concern over the series of bomb blasts in Nagaland and Assam and said the centre should immediately talk to the concerned state governments and other authorities in the northeast.

The premeditated manner in which the bombs were placed at railway station and market shows the aim of these attacks is to disrupt peaceful atmosphere in the state,” the CPM said.

It also said the state government and Centre should spare no effort in identifying the culprits and apprehending them. Referring to the suspected NDFB militants attacks in Assam, it said “the growing trend of extremist groups resorting to indiscriminate violence must be countered by firm action and popular mobilisation to isolate them.”

The CPI asked home minister Shivraj Patil, who is visiting the northeastern states, to talk to the state governments and other authorities and evolve a strategy to counter the insurgency and prevent further deterioration in the situation.

It is also necessary to take fresh political initiatives to restore normalcy and tranquility in the entire North East region,” it said. Meanwhile, the RSP has alleged that the Centre was neglecting northeast and demanded that the government talk to all groups.

P.S.

in "The Economic Times", Monday, October 4, 2004.

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