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Centre, states should be on same page in anti-Naxal fight: Cong

After the BJP flayed the government`s approach on combating Naxalites, Congress on Thursday said that the Centre and the states should be on the same page in the fight against Maoists.



New Delhi: After the BJP flayed the
government`s approach on combating Naxalites, Congress on Thursday
said that the Centre and the states should be on the same page
in the fight against Maoists.

"We do not want to make it a Centre versus state or
Congress versus BJP issue. It is important that the Centre and
the states are on the same page in the fight against Maoists,"
party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters here.
After Home Minister P Chidambaram said primary
responsibility of combating Naxals and terrorism lay with the
states, BJP had yesterday alleged that he was taking a safer
position due to internal contradictions and lack of support
from the government. "The enthusiasm to lead the battle
against Maoists now seems to have diluted," it had said.

Also yesterday, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh
blamed Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh for the
disturbances in the state and said he was going "scot-free".

Attacking the Chhatisgarh CM, Singh had wondered as to
why Maoist strikes were occurring in Chhattisgarh alone and
not in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra where the
"area and terrain is the same".
Asked about Singh`s views blaming the state government,
Tewari said that the party had already answered the query and
there was nothing more to add to it. Yesterday, the party had
distanced itself from the remarks of its General Secretary.

Tewari said, "the outrageous acts perpetrated by the
Maoists have happened in a BJP-ruled state. The Prime Minister
has already flagged it as the biggest challenge for national
security." He said the Centre and the states have to act
together to fight the menace.

PTI

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