Sunday, August 21, 2005

PM sends stern message to naxals

Hyderabad, August 21 2005


In a stern message to naxalites, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today asserted that no civilized society could tolerate violence and made it clear that any grievance had to be redressed through sustained dialogue and by democratic means.

"In a democracy, the power of people flows through ballot box and not from barrel of gun. No civilized society can tolerate violence and extremism," the Prime Minister said after inaugurating a national seminar on `Press and Nation' organised by CPM's Telugu Daily `Praja Shakti' here.

"No society can pardon those who kill innocent people," Singh said. His remarks come close on the heels of Andhra Pradesh government re-imposing ban of naxal outfit CPI-Maoist and its frontal organisations after the I-day attack in which Congress MLA Narsi Reddy and nine others were killed in Narayanpet.

The Prime Minister said any political group that claims to represent the interests of people must test its popularity at the hustings.

"Go and ask the people to vote for you. Come to the legislature and enact the law that you wish to see in place," the Prime Minister said.

Earlier, Singh unveiled a statue of former President N Sanjeeva Reddy at the Secretariat here.

He also interacted with Reddy's widow Nagaratnamma for some time

[Agency]

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