BJP, Cong helping `mining mafia`: CPI
CPI charged both BJP and Congress with helping the `mining mafia` and neglecting the welfare of tribals.
New Delhi: CPI on Tuesday charged both BJP and Congress with helping the `mining mafia` and neglecting the welfare of tribals and said the two major parties were indulging in a blame-game to "hide their own failures".
"It is the failure of both the Congress and the BJP in bringing any change in the lives of the tribals. Both these parties have ruled Chhattisgarh and it is known how they have neglected the welfare of the tribals and helped the mining mafia," CPI National Secretary D Raja said here, three days after the Maoist attack in Bastar district which claimed 27 lives, including that of top state Congress leaders.
The two parties were indulging "in a blame-game to hide their own failures", he said.
Maintaining that tribal uplift was the fundamental issue, he said while the Forests Rights Act and other laws for tribals have not been implemented, the gram sabhas do not have adequate powers.
"The mining mafia rules the roost grabbing land anywhere they want."
The Salwa Judum, or the private armed force to fight the Maoists, was "formed and supported by both the Congress and the BJP", till the Supreme Court came down heavily against it.
"The CPI has been maintaining that Salwa Judum will become a notorious outfit one day, pitting one section of tribals against the other," Raja said.
However, he said the Maoists too have "no right to resort to violence. They must not resort to the politics of vendetta and revenge killings".