Friday, July 24, 2009

Raman Singh voices for political unity to root out Naxalism

Raman Singh voices for political unity to root out Naxalism

Published: July 24,2009

Raman Singh voices for political unity to root out Naxalism Raipur
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today stressed the need for leaders coming together cutting across party lines to root out the Naxal menace from the country.

" Opposition Congress has been boycotting the assembly proceedings for the last four days on this issue. Even the Prime Minister has termed Naxalism as a threat to the country. Hence, cutting across the party lines, everyone should come together to find a solution to this grave problem," Singh said.

Replying to the discussion on supplementary demands, Singh said the government in no case would allow the sacrifice of all policemen in the recent Naxal attack in Rajnandgaon go waste.

On Congress' demand for his resignation, Singh said the people have chosen the BJP government to rule the state for next five years. And, the party MLAs have selected him to lead them.

" Only if my colleagues ask me to quit, I will step down," he said, adding that the Opposition is not participating in the discussion on Naxalism in the House as they are dejected by two consecutive defeats in the last assembly elections.

Enlisting the pro-poor measures taken by the BJP government, Raman Singh said Chhattisgarh tops in providing food security to the poor."State's Food Security Scheme is a big hit. Discussions to emulate it nationwide are going on," he claimed.

On allegations by the Opposition Congress of corruption in paddy procurement, he said in no way it can be corrupt.

The government has purchased paddy from the farmers and would continue to do so even in the future, he said. Singh also said that the state wants to host the National Games in 2013-14 and is working towards achieving this goal.

After the Chief Minister's reply, the supplementary demands worth Rs 1,344,54,700 were passed in the absence of the Opposition.

Source: PTI

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