Wednesday, January 23, 2008

'Bihar, Chh'garh, J'khand failed to contain Naxals'

Sahara Samay

Posted at Wednesday, 23 January 2008 09:01 IST
Chhatarpur (MP), Jan 23: The governments of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have failed to contain Naxalism despite all possible support extended to them Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters.

"While Naxalism in the country has weakened, governments of Bihar, Chhatisgarh and Jharkhand have failed to tackle the menace effectively," Jaiswal said.

He was addressing a press conference jointly with Union Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Suresh Pachouri.

The minister also lauded Andhra Pradesh government for containing naxal activities.

Jaiswal advised the other states affected by the violence to follow the steps taken by the Congress-ruled southern state.

Pachouri rejected Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's allegations about "stepmotherly" treatment to Madhya Pradesh by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

The Centre had extended maximum assistance to the BJP-ruled state which was "neglected" by the NDA regime.

"Before making the allegations, the state government must utilise the assistance provided by the Centre.... The state has failed to properly utilise funds given by the UPA government under various schemes," he said.

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