New Delhi: Leaders cutting across party
lines today said the Centre and states should adopt a joint
strategy for combating the menace of Naxalism if development
has to reach the affected areas.
Addressing a forum organised by Jagran Group, Leader of
Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, said that
military strategy coupled with development is required for
tackling the Maoists.
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, Chhattisgarh Chief
Minister Raman Singh and president of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha
(Prajatantrik) Babulal Marandi, called for a joint action plan
for fighting the problem.
Jaitley said though initially the BJP felt that Home
Minister P Chidambaram`s resignation should be sought
following the Dantewada incident, it was later felt by all
the leaders that since he was taking decisive steps against
the ultras, the party would not seek his papers.
Doing so (seeking Chidambaram`s resignation), Jaitley
said, would have meant a victory for the Naxals.
He further said while development is important in Naxal
affected areas, strong military action is also required
Yechury said in order to tackle the Naxal menace, "states
like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal, which
are affected by this problem, will have to formulate a joint
strategy against it in coordination with the Centre".
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also said that
inclusive growth is important to resolve the Naxal issue.
Issue of coordination arises only when Maoists are made to
think about entering the mainstream," Yechury said.
The CPI(M) leader added, if politicians fail to fulfil
the basic needs of the common man, then the youth will
naturally take up violence.
"Inclusive growth and all round cooperation is needed for
resolving this problem," he said while the addressing the
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said the armed
struggle movement against Naxals launched by tribals known as
Salwa Judum, "will remain the revolution against Maoists. No
political party has the power to launch an agitation of this
scale against Naxals.
"Only the Bastar tribals had the guts to do this. They
have been facing the might of gun toting Naxals armed with
only bows and arrows. They will only find the solution to this
Lamenting that since 1970, his state has been a troubled
and neglected region, Singh said, "whether it was done due to
sheer ignorance or deliberately, this continuous neglect has
resulted in Naxalism spreading its tentacles across five
The Chief Minister said when his government assumed
charge in 2003, he was saddled with a depleted police force,
unmanned police posts and lack of police stations in several
Singh said though today he has trained police personnel
to combat Naxals and the Salwa Judum is also there, yet if
democracy has to win, then a joint action plan is required to
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi said
Naxals should be isolated and this can be done only by winning
the confidence of the tribals and villagers.
"Security and stability has to be guaranteed to the
people. We need to reach out to them and address their
concerns and only then people will support us. This will also
lead to the isolation of Naxals, who thrive on local support,"
Pitching for a joint strategy between the Naxal-hit
states and the Centre to solve the issue, he said "if we
address the grievances of villagers then this problem would be
solved in two years".