Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Friday
claimed that naxalites did not target the common people,
except those who "spied" on the outfit.
"The naxalites never target common people as we have
observed during past several years, but if somebody spies for
the police they are targetted," he told reporters here.
However, Prasad termed as "misrepresentation and
distortion" of facts quoting him that he had justified
civilian killing at the hands of naxalites.
Targetting the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar,
Prasad demanded to know from the Chief Minister what he lacked
from the Centre to tackle the naxal menace.
"Kumar is an abject failure which has led to spread of
activities of naxals in every part of Bihar. We want Kumar to
explain what exactly the state lacks from the Centre to tackle
the menace," Prasad said.
"Merely speaking against the Centre for
non-cooperation on the issue will not suffice ... he should
detail what the state really wants from the Centre," the RJD
Stating that he was opposed to violence being
perpetrated by Maoists, Prasad said, "Naxalites should shun
violence and join the social mainstream."
He suggested that the Centre and state governments act
for a permanent solution to the problem.
"It has become extremely necessary to find out the
roots of the problems and work for a solution," he said.
Prasad said development would prove to be an
effective weapon for controlling naxalism.
"The government should focus on implementing poverty alleviation schemes like MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) scheme and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan honestly and the benefits should reach the rural poor, particularly poorest of the poor tribals and Dalits," he said.
"Effective steps to weed out corruption prevailing in
the execution of the welfare and development schemes should be
taken up to speed up the pace of development," the RJD leader
Controversy was sparked off after Lalu Prasad was Thursday reported to have said that Maoists never target common people but only those who spied for police. The remark was in reference to recent spurt in Maoist activity in Chhattisgarh and Maoist attack on a bus two days ago killing common people as well.
He had also blamed Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who has described Maoists as "biggest terrorists", for the spread of Maoism in his state. Lalu Prasad had also criticised his political rival and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for "failure" to tackle Maoists in the state.