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Updated: June 8, 2013 21:02 IST

Centre’s policy to combat Naxalism incongruous: BJP

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Prakash Javadekar and others at the party's national executive meeting in Panaji, on Saturday.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Prakash Javadekar and others at the party's national executive meeting in Panaji, on Saturday.

BJP on Saturday slammed the government for adopting an “incongruous” policy on the fight against Naxalism and charged that it has tried to give terrorism a communal colour for appeasement politics and targeting political opponents.

The BJP National Executive, which is meeting in Panaji for a two-day conclave, on Saturday passed a resolution on ‘Security and Self-respect’ where the party expressed its concerns on issues ranging from foreign policy and treatment meted out to the Italian marines in the fishermen killing case to growing Naxalism and terrorism in the country.

The right-wing party vehemently defended its government in Chhattisgarh on the May 25 ambush on Congress leaders of the state by Maoists in which over a dozen people were killed.

The BJP said the Raman Singh government in the state has put in place a comprehensive plan to fight Naxal violence.

It charged the Congress of speaking in a confusing tone on the issue.

“The incongruities in the Congress’ policy of dealing with Naxalism on one hand whilst, and on the other, particularly during elections, doing deals with them, come to the surface periodically. Such reports have emerged from Andhra Pradesh and from Chhattisgarh,” the resolution said.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in the May 25 violence, for which some sections of the Congress have accused the state government of being responsible, preliminary reports emanating from the National Investigative Agency (NIA) have pointed a finger of suspicion on a few Congressmen as having maintained links with Maoists even as being a part of the targeted convoy.

“The Congress owes an explanation on this,” she said.

The main opposition said Naxalism continues to spread across the country and Naxals are now reportedly developing links with terrorists as well as buying arms from Pakistan and China.

“In 2005, there were 156 (Naxal-hit) districts in 13 states affected in varying degree. Media reports say Maoists have spread to 182 districts in 15 states. The Planning Commission of India has gone further and claimed that Left wing extremism prevails in 233 districts in 20 states,” the resolution said.

The party also maintained that there needs to be a comprehensive policy of dealing with Naxalism and though some effort was made in this direction by Congress after the 2010 Dantewada massacre in which 78 security personnel were killed, the process was abandoned.

“The then Home Minister had declared the policy of ‘Clear, Hold and Develop’ the Naxal-affected areas. Soon Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her senior party functionaries, including a general secretary wrote articles essentially sympathising with the Naxal cause in various publications.

“It resulted in stalling the proposal and demoralising the security forces. After sometime the same Home Minister started giving excuse that he has a limited mandate,” Sitharaman said.

Enumerating the efforts made by the party, BJP said it has tried to work for the aspirations of the tribals in Chhattisgarh.

“In the past nine years under Raman Singh, the BJP-led government in Chhattisgarh has undertaken various developmental projects and enacted the comprehensive Food Security Act, which is being implemented through an efficiently run PDS,” the resolution said.

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Be it in AP, Assam or in Punjab, the credit goes to the state
governments for effectively dealing with naxalism and insurgency. There
is a BJP government in Chhattisgarh for 10 years and they have failed to
deal with the issue of Naxalism. Now they find it convenient to blame it
on the central govt.

from:  Shajan
Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 at 12:33 IST

It is not so much as Congress or for that matter BJP.It is a matter
of lack of enough knowledge that is has taken place.People there have
aspirations of uplifted life as they have in the cities.The
governments are unwilling to bend and work to give them the decent
life which today is glaringly projected by TV, Advertisement,Movies
etc.When such positive things are not there,then everything there
will automatically become negative and that is fertile ground for
people who take arms to settle the score with those now want exploit
them.There has to be tremendous amount of giving first.SO go there and wipe them out -that is easy
for the authorities.

from:  Prof.Paul.V.John
Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 at 06:15 IST

If it forms a government at the center, BJP should appoint a senior minister of cabinet rank for National Integration whose primary mission should be to end the militant activities in Naxal affected states and the NorthEast. That minister should set a two year deadline for a negotiated settlement failing which a two-year term for police action. He or she should invite various mainstream leaders and the militants for continual weekly dialogues and proposals for innovative solutions. At the end, there should be no winners and losers but the currently conflicted regions enjoying fully elected representation to choose their developmental agendas within the Indian constitution and under the central government’s guidance.

from:  Som Karamchetty
Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 at 06:10 IST

If the military cannot stop Naxalite attacks within the country, how can the military protect the dwindling borders of the country and protect the country from the external threats? The military is idled waiting for external threats while the most important security threat to the country remains the Naxalites. More civilian lives are lost due to Naxalite attacks than the military and civilian lives lost to attacks at the border. The military should be deployed to contain the Naxalites. That will improve the efficiency and combat capability of the military to face external threats. The state and local police are not substitute for military operation against Naxalites.

from:  Davis K. Thanjan
Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 at 00:07 IST

Both the NDA and the UPA have demonstrated that they are a failure in
dealing with inclusive development. Predatory development which is pro-
rich and feeds on the poor is the root cause of unrest among the
tribals. This mandates us to explore other models of development which
is inclusive. An excellent example is the case of Tripura. Economic
development which is inclusive and not predatory is the reason behind
the disappearance of extremism in Tripura. This is the model that need
to be in place.

from:  Roopesh P Raj
Posted on: Jun 8, 2013 at 22:08 IST
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