Naxals, terrorists talking of bullet can`t be patriots: Chouhan

MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was reacting to the remark of author Arundhati Roy, who had recently termed Naxals as `patriots.`

Updated: Nov 28, 2010, 13:57 PM IST

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister,
Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Naxals and terrorists
believing in the policy of bullet instead of ballot cannot be
termed as `patriots or revolutionaries`.

"Those talking of bullet instead of ballot cannot be
termed as patriots or revolutionaries as their major aim was
to capture power in Delhi," Chouhan, who will become the first
non-Congress Chief Minister of the state to complete five
years in power on November 29, said.

Chouhan was reacting to the remark of author Arundhati
Roy, who had recently termed Naxals as `patriots.`
He said not only just Naxals, Roy has also termed
terrorists in Kashmir as revolutionaries and demanded stern
action against her.

"If those involved in such acts are termed as patriots
or revolutionaries then no country in the world would be able
to run its affairs," he said.
Chouhan also demanded that the Centre declare all
seven districts in the state as Naxal-affected so that funds
can be allocated under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) for
ensuring additional security in these districts.

He said though Maoist activities were effectively
curbed in Madhya Pradesh, there are still reports of incidents
in border districts like Sidhi, Singrauli, Dindori, Mandla and
Anuppur.

The other Naxal-affected districts in the state are
Balaghat and Shahdol.

PTI