Debating India

Maoist threat: ``Centre’s attitude casual’’

Monday 10 April 2006

Lacks political will to confront problem

RAIGARH: BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre of taking a "casual attitude" towards the Maoist threat. It lacked the commitment and political will to confront the problem, he said.

"We are dismayed that the UPA Government has taken such a casual attitude to the threat. The Maoists have become an impediment to development projects in the most backward regions and are running parallel administrations, siphoning off money from government funds and indulging in extortion," Mr. Singh told reporters at the start of the second day of his `Bharat Suraksha Yatra’ in Chhattisgarh.

The Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh tried to `appease’ the extremists and gave them an opportunity to regroup and rearm themselves. "Today, the Maoists from Andhra Pradesh even threaten the neighbouring States," he said.

The Centre played host to the top Maoist leadership from Nepal ignoring the red-corner Interpol notices against them. Also, it did not give adequate help and resources to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa to fight the naxalites, he alleged. - PTI

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