NDA shifts Maoist blame on Centre

Opposition parties in Bihar on Saturday targeted the Nitish Kumar government for allegedly failing to tackle the Maoist problem.

Patna: Opposition parties in Bihar on Saturday
targeted the Nitish Kumar government for allegedly failing to
tackle the Maoist problem but the ruling NDA shifted the blame
on the Centre for `its failure to evolve an integrated action
plan` to weed out the menace.

"Let the Opposition use the opportunity for political
mileage...everybody knows who is the root of the problems and
who has to take initiative to solve it," JD-U National
President Sharad Yadav told reporters reacting to yesterday`s
landmine blast by the ultras in Sheohar district in which six
policemen were killed.

"It is now election time...it is the problem which
has to be tackled by the Election Commission as the state
government has no such role," Yadav said.

Demanding that the UPA government evolves an
integrated action plan to weed out the growing menace of
Naxalism, former BJP president Rajnath Singh said, "It is not
a problem within the state`s limit...it is a matter to be
effectively and strictly tackled by the Centre."

The NDA response came as LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan
and RJD Secretary General Ramkripal Yadav charged the Nitish
Kumar government with having `utterly failed` in handling the
Maoist problem.

"The state government has miserably failed to check
the growing menace of Naxalism," Paswan said.
"What had taken place in Lakhisarai recently had not
been forgotten by the people," Paswan said referring to the
August encounter in which several policemen were killed.

PTI

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