Centre`s handling of Maoist problem inept: BJP

Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 20:25

Patna: In the backdrop of growing attacks by
Maoists, BJP Saturday accused the Centre of inept handling of the
problem and said India cannot afford to lose the battle
against the ultra-Leftists "whose mantle is to destroy India`s
parliamentary democracy".

The party suggested a three-pronged strategy to take on
Maoists -- taking back areas under Maoist influence, carry out
development there and launch an ideological battle against
Naxalites.

"The BJP takes it as inept handling of the growing menace
of Naxalites in India. In fact, India can`t afford to lose the
battle against the Maoists whose object is to dismantle and
destroy India`s parliamentary democracy", a resolution adopted
at the BJP national executive meeting here said.

The resolution was proposed by former Jharkhand chief
minister Arjun Munda and seconded, among others, by
Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Sharpening its attack on the UPA government, BJP in its
resolution said the "myopic UPA government" did not realise
that even to execute the developmental activities in areas of
Maoist influence, it was extremely important that these
secluded areas be taken back from Maoist control and handed
over to civilian administration.

"Unless, civilian control is established in these areas
and these areas are freed from weapons, violence and
landmines, there can be no meaningful development activities
in these areas," it said.

"Where possible to execute development projects, the same
must be done with utmost priority and where it is not possible
to execute development programmes without dismantling the
Maoist control, it is important to first wrest the control of
these areas and then execute the development programmes", it
said.

There was also a need to carry on an ideological battle
against Maoists, the resolution said.

"There should be coordination between the Centre and the
states as law and order is a state subject. But when law order
problem transgresses into a threat to India`s sovereignty and
parliamentary democracy, the Centre cannot shrug off its
responsibility, the resolution said.

Earlier during his inaugural speech, BJP president Nitin
Gadkari warned the UPA government that it was "playing with
fire through the deliberate attempts of showing sympathy to
both Naxals and victims of their violence and said such an
approach betrayed lack of seriousness on the part of the
Centre.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 20:25

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