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Sheila Dikshit lauds Chidambaram, seeks defeat of Maoists

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 22:35

Bhubaneswar: Lauding Union Home Minister
P Chidambaram`s manner of handling the Naxalite menace, Delhi
Chief Minister Sheila Dixit on Thursday said Left wing extremism
needs to be quelled as it weakens the nation`s progress.

"The 21st century belongs to India and also to China. But
we have to go two steps ahead of China," Dikshit said,
addressing a function to commemorate 11th death anniversary of
former Manipur Governor and five-time MP Chintamani Panigrahi.

Stating that a weak nation could not achieve its due
place in the 21st century, she said: "We have to fight them
(maoists and terrorists) out."

On criticism of Centre`s policy after the Dantewada
massacre, Dikshit said: "there will always be criticism. But
Union Home minister has handled the naxalite problem very

Law and order situation was the responsibility of the
state and therefore they should take lead in the fight against
Maoists, she pointed out, adding that Central government
provided all sorts of help to fight red radicals as they pose
threat to the country`s integrity.

If the people of India could defeat the mighty British,
there should not be any problem to fight against Maoists and
terrorists, she said.

Stating that `adivasis` were first born "in this
land", Dikshit said efforts should be made to bring the
tribals into mainstream of society.

Describing Congress President Sonia Gandhi as "more
Hindustani" than her, Dikshit said there is a good opportunity
for growth as the nation has got leaders like her and Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh.

"We should take benefit from the strong leadership and
should not allow the nation to weaken," Dikshit said.

Without mentioning the name of either the BJD or its
leader Naveen Patnaik, the Delhi Chief Minister said: "Only
Congress can benefit Orissa. Congress will take both the state
and the nation to progress."

She also noted that that today`s youth leadership
could bring progress and development for the nation.


First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 22:35

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