The former Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) national president, Nitin Gadkari, said on Monday that the judiciary should stop ‘sympathising’ with the Maoists.

Speaking to reporters at his residence here on the eve of his birthday, Mr. Gakdari said: “The Sukma Maoist attack was an attack on democracy and was very unfortunate. The judiciary and the human rights organisations should learn a lesson from this [incident] and stop sympathising with the Maoists.”

“They should understand situations correctly and take positions keeping in mind what society has to say about them.” \

“Disgraceful act”

Mr. Gadkari also called the attack “a disgraceful act which shamed our democracy and society.”

“I pray to God that our country becomes free from all kinds of terrorism,” he said.

Meanwhile Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam lashed out at the Raman Singh government “for not providing adequate security to the Congress Parivartan Yatra,” which was attacked by the Maoists on Saturday.

“Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s yatra was provided huge security with 6000 security personnel, but the Congress Parivartan Yatra was provided only 30 police guards and most of them were personal security officers of the leaders in the convoy. This means the State government should be held responsible for the lax security,” said Mr. Nirupam, while interacting with the media here on Monday.

Calling the Naxal threat bigger than the external security problems of the country, Mr. Nirupam said: “It is the State government’s responsibility, considering the threat perception in these areas, to provide adequate security to the parivartan yatra.”

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