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A day after Home Minister P Chidambaram said primary responsibility of combating Naxals and terrorism lay with the states, BJP on Wednesday alleged that he was taking a safer position.
New Delhi: A day after Home Minister
P Chidambaram said primary responsibility of combating Naxals
and terrorism lay with the states, BJP on Wednesday alleged that he
was taking a safer position due to internal contradictions and
lack of support from the government.
"Faced with internal contradictions and lack of support
within the government, Chidambaram is now taking a safer
position as `limited mandate` only meant the states must
tackle Maoism and the Central government will only play a
supportive role," the main opposition party said in a
BJP had stated yesterday that due to this "limited
mandate" Chidambaram was an "injured martyr" and the fight
against Naxalism would be just "half a battle".
This prompted the Home Minister to state that BJP should
not play partisan politics on the issue. He further said the
Centre`s responsibility was only to provide additional
paramilitary forces and other logistical support to states
fighting Maoist violence.
"The enthusiasm to lead the battle against Maoists now
seems to have diluted," BJP said.
The statement lamented that Chidambaram, who was
"proactive" on this issue initially, was now "hiding behind
the logic of responsibility".
It argued that though law and order was a state subject,
Naxal menace had acquired frightening proportions.
"It is an armed rebellion intended to overawe and
overthrow a legally elected government. It is intended to
destroy India`s Parliamentary democracy and the Constitutional
order that prevails in the country," BJP said.
The BJP statement added, "Control over territories of the
country is shifting from the civil administration to the
Maoists. Is it the Congress party`s policy that this is
exclusively a law and order problem?"
Naxalism posed a threat to India`s integrity, sovereignty,
defence and attempts to overawe and overthrow a constitutional
order and legally elected government, BJP said.
"If each one of them does exist, in such an eventuality
the Centre cannot abdicate its responsibility and hide behind
Naxalism being a mere `law and order` problem itself and a
State subject," the party said in the statement.
The right-wing party maintained that when the Rajiv
Gandhi government passed the anti-terror law TADA, it took the
position that a law and order problem can easily transgress
into destabilisation of the nation and overthrowing of the
government established by law.
"The Centre and the states must tackle this problem
through a joint strategy," BJP said in the statement.