New Delhi: Attacking the Centre over
handling of Maoist problem, the JD-U on Friday said the government
is depending "too much on force" and involving Army is not a
The party also alleged that while tribals were being
uprooted from their land, the government was "paying only lip
service" to them and demanded that it end mining operations in
Naxal affected regions.
"The Central government is depending too much on force
to tackle the Maoist problem. It has not succeeded so far and
the situation is getting worse day by day.... (Involving) Army
is not a solution. Let the police and local administration
tackle the problem," JDU chief Sharad Yadav told reporters
Yadav`s remarks came two days after Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar accused the Centre of not providing
adequate support to his state for tackling Naxalism which he
warned could not be defeated by "enforcement action alone".
Addressing a meeting of Naxal-affected states convened
by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, Kumar had underlined
that "naxal elements are a part of our society eventhough
they have been misled into following the path of violence".
Taking the argument further, Yadav today alleged that
the central government has failed to address the grievances of
tribals, which he said, was the main reason behind the
"The large scale mining without addressing concerns of
tribals is the real culprit behind the problem. Tribals are
being uprooted from their land.... The government is just
paying lip service on the issue of the betterment of the
"If the government wants to solve the problem, it
should issue an order to stop mining operations in Maoist
affected regions," Yadav said demanding a comprehensive mining
policy for the country.
He demanded nationalisation of mines and that honest
bureaucrats be posted in the tribal areas where mining
activities take place.
Asked about the difference between his party`s stand
and that of ally BJP, which has been advocating a tougher
approach to tackle Maoists, Yadav, who is also the convenor of
NDA maintained, "we are separate parties. There are many
issues on which we have different views.
"Army is not for tackling internal problems. It is for
use against external attacks. Those who are demanding
deployment of Army to contain the Maoist problem do not
understand it," he added.