Congress soft on Maoist after initial resilience: Jaitely

The Congress party, after showing initial resilience in the fight against Maoist, is now divided in two groups and is not keen to take action against them, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely said today.

Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 00:06 AM IST

Ahmedabad: The Congress party, after showing
initial resilience in the fight against Maoist, is now divided
in two groups and is not keen to take action against them,
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely said today.

"Home Minister P Chidambaram had earlier shown great
resilience in the fight against Maoists. But soon the Congress
got divided on the issue and started speaking in two voices.
Now, Chidambaram is saying this is the issue to be tackled by
states and Centre will help them," Jaitley said.

Around 200 districts are affected by Maoist menace, and
the Naxalites are collecting taxes in over 90 districts. State
administrations have no role there, Jaitely said addressing a
meeting here.

"At a time when Maoist are killing people and are aiming
to overthrow the parliamentary system of the country, Congress
president Sonia Gandhi has written in party`s magazine that
this is a social issue," Jaitley said.

On the issue of Ayodhya verdict, Jaitley said BJP was the
only party that had supported the temple movement.

"BJP`s allies were saying that they are not with them on
the issue of Ram temple, and we have lost elections due to the
issue, but we remained committed to it," Jaitely said.

The BJP leader is in city to campaign for the October 10
civic elections.

On the Kashmir issue, Jaitley said his party does not
support demand of autonomy to Kashmir.

He said decision taken by first Prime Minister Jawaharlal
Nehru on Kashmir were responsible for today`s position in that
state.

PTI