Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ban on Maoists:Congress, BJP welcome move

U Anand KumarFirst
Published : 23 Jun 2009 02:14:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 23 Jun 2009 09:40:03 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Welcoming the Centre’s move to declare the CPI(Maoist) a banned terrorist organisation, both the Congress and BJP on Monday wanted an integrated approach between States and the Centre to tackle naxalism more effectively.

Maintaining that there was no scope for violence in a democracy, the BJP wanted the Centre to take proper action against groups that have close links with the banned organisation. Some of the states ruled by the Congress and BJP have already banned the CPI(Maoist).

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy asked the Central government to adopt an integrated approach with the states. He said that the Centre should not treat the naxal menace as merely a state’s problem.

Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed pointed out that the UPA government was sincere in its attempts to curb unlawful activities in the country. The Centre has already convened a meeting of Chief Ministers of naxal-hit states recently to take an integrated approach to deal with the situation.

However, CPI(Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat said Maoists had to be fought politically and administratively. They needed to be isolated from the public – and that couldn’t be done only through security and police measures, he added. Obviously, as in Lalgarh, such a measure would have to be taken if the outfits indulged in violence, he said.

Karat repeated his charge that Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and the Maoists had worked jointly in Nandigram and now in Lalgarh.

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