‘UPA II speaking in different voices on Naxalism’

Updated - November 28, 2021 09:09 pm IST

Published - June 13, 2010 12:41 am IST - Patna

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday accused the UPA government of speaking in different voices on the Maoist problem.

Stressing the need for proper co-ordination between the Centre and the States, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said the Central government “could not shrug off its responsibility by holding meaningless Centre versus State debates.”

On the first day of the party's national executive here, it adopted a resolution emphasising the need to carry on an ideological battle against the Maoists and their movement.

“The Maoist's sole objective is to destroy India's parliamentary democracy system and capture the Indian state through armed struggle,” said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Mr. Gadkari also said that businessmen, contractors, teachers and farmers were increasingly succumbing to Maoist extortionism.

Criticising the UPA-I for wasting an opportunity to battle the Maoists, he said the then Home Ministry had failed to realise the enormity of the problem and the possible solutions to it.

He accused the Congress of making political adjustments with the Maoists in Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand for electoral expediency.

“Despite the Opposition fully wanting to support the government, the differences within UPA-II and its allies have started crippling the Centre's approach towards the Maoists,” said Mr. Gadkari, adding that two voices were being heard within the UPA government, and the nation did not know which of the two voices were supported by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Three-fold strategy

Meanwhile, the BJP's executive leadership mooted a three-fold strategy to combat Naxalism which endorses military action in areas where it is not possible to execute development programmes without dismantling Maoist control.

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