Bhopal: Congress general secretary
Digvijay Singh Saturday said that he was ready for a debate with
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh at any time or any
place on the naxal problem and what happened in the
Chhattisgarh region when he was Chief Minister of undivided
In a strongly-worded two-page letter to Chhattisgarh
Chief Minister that was released to the press here, the
Congress general secretary said he was pained at the language
and words used in a recent article by Singh on Naxalism.
"I did not expect the use of such language from you,"
Singh said adding that he did not need any certificate from
the Chhattisgarh chief minister on the development of that
The Congress leader said that he had become chief
minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh only because of the
support his party received in Chhattisgarh at that time.
Singh said that in the 1998 assembly elections,
Congress had received good support in Chhattisgarh and
unfortunately in the elections, Raman Singh too had failed to
win from his home constituency.
The Congress general secretary said that to fight
Naxalism, development works should be implemented, especially
in the Naxal menace affected areas and that this does not seem
to be happening at present. He added that because of this,
information about Naxalites was not reaching the police and as
a result, Dantewada incident took place, in which 76 security
personnel were killed by the left wing extremists.
He claimed that during the Congress regime, there was
an opportunity to fight Naxalites through Salwa Judum under
the leadership of Mahendra Karma, but because of the wrong
policies, those related with Salwa Judum were not protected
and they were forced to become refugees.
He said the Naxal problem could not be fought with the
gun alone, the Congress leader asked Raman Singh to pursue
the style of Andhra Pradesh or Maharashtra in fighting them.v
Singh also asked the Chhattisgarh chief minister to
answer 10 questions, including one relating to the number of
Naxal incidents that took place during Raman Singh`s present
tenure and when he was the Chief Minister of undivided MP.
Digvijay Singh`s questions also tried to prove that
the ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh had allegedly tried to get the
support of Naxalites at the time of some elections and then
went back on its promises made to them.