Sheila Dikshit lauds Chidambaram, seeks defeat of Maoists
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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 beautifully."

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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