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Modi, Chidambaram spar on Maoist issue

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 22:46

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday alleged the increase in the killing of security personnel by Maoists reflected the "failure" of the Centre but the charge was was rejected by Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Speaking on the sidelines of Chief Ministers` conference on internal security, Modi said "the statement of the Prime Minister that the number of civilian casualties at the hands of Naxals have increased is nothing to take credit of. This is the failure of the government.

"Earlier, the death count of Naxals and terrorists at the hands of security forces was higher but now more police officials and civilians get killed (in Maoists attack). It shows that capability of Left extremists has increased."
Chidambaram refuted the allegations saying he had pointed out in his speech that the Naxal situation is one of "stalemate."

"I don`t think it is fair to say that the situation has worsened in the Naxal-affected states. As I said in my opening remarks, it`s a kind of stalemate. Now without being partisan, I am surprised that someone has said the situation has worsened. Gujarat has no idea of the seriousness of the Naxal problem," he said.

Modi also accused the Centre of adopting "double standards" on the black money issue.
"The agenda paper of the meeting referred to loss related to money laundering but whenever there is a question of bringing black money back from abroad they term it as tax evasion cases. It is nothing but double standard of the government," he said.

The Chief Minister also raised the issue of a letter by the Home Minister which asked the states to stop procurement of arms from Austria and Germany.

The two countries had refused to supply arms to India citing alleged human rights violation in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. The Home Minister in a letter to states had advised them to stop procurement of arms from the two European countries and instead purchase them from Turkey, Russia and the USA.

"Rather than writing the letter to the states, the Centre should have blacklisted Austria and Germany," Modi said.

On the issue of Austria and Germany, Chidambaram said the letter was just an advice.


First Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 22:46

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