All options should be explored to combat Maoists: CPI(M)

Last Updated: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 15:15

Patna: The CPI(M) on Friday suggested formulation of a comprehensive policy to tackle Maoist menace politically and administratively.

"All options should be explored to fight the Maoists administratively and politically with full vigour and strength," CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat told reporters here when asked if army should be used in operations against Maoists.

On `Operation Green Hunt`, she said, "I don`t know what `Green Hunt` is all about, but a lasting solution to the problem threatening the country`s internal security should be
found."

"The Centre and state governments should work in tandem in the offensive against Maoists, whose isms and objectives have taken a backseat and who don`t follow either Marxism or Maoism," she said.

Accusing the Union government of pursuing anti-tribal policies, Karat said it is further compounding the problems of Naxalism.

"Recently the Centre issued license to a major industrial giant for mining bauxite in a jungle in Andhra Pradesh...It should be seen as a sinister move not only to destroy forests, but also to aggravate Naxal-related problems," she said.

The CPI(M) leader also accused Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee of being hand-in-glove with the extremists.

Accusing the Union government of pursuing anti-tribal policies, Karat said it is further compounding the problems of Naxalism.

"Recently the Centre issued license to a major industrial giant for mining bauxite in a jungle in Andhra Pradesh...It should be seen as a sinister move not only to destroy forests, but also to aggravate Naxal-related problems," she said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 15:15

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