Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Chidambaram not understanding depth of Naxal problem: BJP

New Delhi, July 15 (PTI) BJP today accused Home Minister P Chidambaram of "not understanding the depth of Naxal problem" after he indicated in the Rajya Sabha that the Centre was not in favour of Salwa Judum, a movement against Maoists, to counter the menace.

"Home Minister today said that there was no review of the Naxal issue. He (Chidambaram) does not understand the depth of the problem," senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters outside Parliament.

Naidu said a meeting of all states was called during NDA rule and the issue was taken up seriously then, ruing that the Home Minister "ridiculed it" today.

"The present government does not understand the depth and seriousness of the problem. Naxals have spread in 135 districts of the country. It's no more a state-specific problem and there should be a national level coordinated approach to tackle it," Naidu said.

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