Congress accuses BJP of doublespeak on Naxal issue
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 21:06
New Delhi: A day after Naxals killed 35 people in a brazen attack at Dantewada, Congress on Tuesday accused the BJP of doublespeak on the Maoist issue and at the same time maintained that there was no differences between the party and the Central government in tackling the menace.

"BJP is engaging in doublespeak... They are talking in one language here (Delhi) and in another language in Chhattisgarh. The Prime Minister and the Home Minister have said they will support the Chhattisgarh government in the fight against Naxals," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters.

Ahmed was replying to the allegation of BJP leader Arun Jaitley that party president Sonia Gandhi and other top Congress leaders were supporting a "softline" towards Naxals and were waging a "half battle" against them.

"Chidambaram appeared to be an injured martyr. He looked disheartened. He claimed he had only a limited mandate from the Cabinet Committee on Security as against the larger mandate that he desired," Jaitley said.

Another party spokesman Manish Tewari slammed the BJP, saying any comment on the situation, which is being tackled by the government at the highest level, requires "restraint and maturity".

He said BJP wants to "run with the hare and hunt with the hound" and asserted that there were no differences between the party and the Central government as far as the Naxal issue was concerned.

"The government and the party are on the same page. We did not pick on the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh when the attack took place (this time and also last month). We require all stakeholders on the same page," Tewari said.

To a question about Jaitley terming the Home Minister as an injured martyr, Tewari said, "If the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha is suffering from perceptional jaundice, there is nothing I can do to help him".

Stressing on the need to understand the "dynamics and fluidity" of the situation, he said the best thing for the opposition party would be to "walk the talk".

Asked about the statement of AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh against the use of air-support against the Naxals, Tewari said it was not for political parties to comment on operational decisions.

"These are operational decisions. It is not for political parties to comment on them," the spokesman added.

To a query on the stance of Singh on the Naxal issue and his emphasis on development of areas that were under their strangle-hold, Tewari said the party had already commented on it and there was nothing more to add to it.


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 21:06

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