Saturday, June 20, 2009

CPM for dual strategy to resolve naxal menace

Friday,19 June 2009 23:8 hrs IST

- New Delhi: The CPM on Friday suggested that a dual-strategy of law and order management and political solution be adopted to resolve the Naxal menace. "As far as our party's stand is concerned, we have always said that a dual strategy has to be adopted to tackle the Maoists activities -- it is a law and order problem and needs a political solution," CPM leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here after the party's politburo meeting. "If this dual strategy is not adopted, no final solution can be achieved. Whatever decision the Centre takes on this matter, we cannot comment on it," Yechury said.

Describing the Naxal violence as "a grave matter," he said the violence in Lalgarh in West Bengal, ruled by the party-led coalition, should not be "pitied or politicised." Asked why the CPI(M) in West Bengal was reluctant to ban the Maoists or declare them as terrorists, he said, the issue fell in the realm of centre-state relations and both the governments were seized of the matter. "This question will be taken up by the State government with the Centre.

The operations to flush the Maoists out of Lalgarh has begun and beyond that I do not think anybody else should opine on this matter," he added. Yechury also pointed out to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remarks last year that the Naxal violence was a bigger threat to internal security of the country.

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