Friday, June 12, 2009

‘Naxals running parallel government’

Express News Service

First Published : 10 Jun 2009 03:00:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 10 Jun 2009 10:54:49 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Two days after Naxalites blew up three police stations and outposts in Koraput district, Congress members staged a walkout in the Assembly demanding a discussion on the growing menace.

Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh raised the issue during question hour seeking a discussion by suspending other business as the situation has gone out of control in those areas. Naxalites attacked three unfortified police stations at Baipariguda, Ramagiri and Machkund on Sunday night.

His party members also voiced concern over the growing violence by the Left wing extremists in the State, particularly in Malkangiri and Koraput districts, and insisted on a discussion on the problem. Speaker Pradip Amat ignored the demand from the Congress members and asked them to proceed with the question hour leading to a noisy walkout.

The issue figured once again when Congress members returned after the question hour. Alleging that the Naxalites are running a parallel government in some areas of the State, his party colleague Santosh Singh Saluja said police had lost the will to take on them.

Naxalite activities have spread to 20 districts and the police had failed to effectively counter it, he said.

Criticising the State Government for ‘inefficiency’, he asked what was it doing for the last nine years. Naba Kishore Das (Congress) requested the Speaker to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue.

Jaynarayan Mishra (BJP) also alleged that Naxalites are running a parallel government in more than half of the State and this has exposed the Government’s failure. He demanded an immediate discussion on the issue. Pratap Sarangi (Ind) said Malkangiri has become a liberated zone for the Naxalites.

BJD members, including Rabi Narayan Nanda and Kalpataru Das, however, maintained that growing Naxalite activities is a national problem and the Centre had failed to come to the assistance of the State as expected.

What does the Centre want to achieve by insisting on withdrawal of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from the State? Nanda asked.

The Speaker announced that he will consider the notice given by the Opposition on Naxalite activities for discussion tomorrow.

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