Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fight against Maoists can’t be seen as law & order problem’

Updated on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 18:00 IST

Kochi: CPI(M) on Wednesday said the fight against Maoists cannot be seen purely as law and order situation or a fight against terrorist violence.

The fight against Maoists must be conducted politically, ideologically and where they resort to violence administratively, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here when asked about the recent Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh which claimed the lives of 76 CRPF personnel.

But it should be in a framework of the fact that Maoists are operating predominantly in the tribal areas, which are remote and mountainous regions. These are areas where tribals are the most exploited and deprived socially and economically, he said.

The biggest assets of the tribals are their land and habitat. 'But now there is displacement from that. If you allow mining companies to come to indiscriminately in Chhattisgarh, parts of Orissa... That is what is happening today. Government has allowed hundred per cent FDI in mining.'

On the April 27 opposition hartal against price rise of essential commodities, he said 'We are not for toppling or de-establising the government'. Food inflation had touched over 17 per cent, the 'highest' in the world. Petrol and diesel prices had been hiked and excise and customs duties gone up. Government should scrap the increase in excise and customs duty which has cascading effect, he said.

On PSUs' disinvestment, he said all trade unions should take up the entire question of disinvestment and launch a united struggle. 'BSNL employees went on strike yesterday. Sail, Coal India... a series of disinvestment are being planned.'

Referring to S N C Lavalin case in which CBI has chargesheeted CPI(M) Kerala secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, he said 'we have always maintained that the case was politically motivated. We will fight it politically and legally'.


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