Naxal violence: MPs ask Centre to help states (INDIA)

NEW DELHI, The issue of Naxalite violence found an echo in both Houses of Parliament today with members suggesting that the Centre provide more assistance to states in the wake of the landmine blast by Maoists in the Dantewada area of Chhattsigarh yesterday.


Home Minister Shivraj Patil told the Lok Sabha that the Centre was in regular touch with states coping with Naxalite violence. Whatever steps were needed would be taken, he added. The Centre, Patil said, was not in the game of apportioning blame for the Dantewada incident. However, he said, the Centre had given information to Chhattisgarh about the possibility of such an attack and it was for the state government to find out why precautions were not taken.

The Lok Sabha was thrown into pandemonium when former Chhattsigarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, the lone Congress member of the House from the state, demanded the dismissal of the BJP government, led by Raman Singh, for its failure to ensure law and order. BJP members protested against the demand.

The issue was raised by the Samajwadi Party's Ramji Lal Suman, who contended that the state government had not taken effective steps. Backing him, Jogi said that an alarming situation had arisen with a "red corridor" emerging from Nepal up to Andhra Pradesh.

Claiming a breakdown of the law and order machinery, the JD(U)'s Devendra Prasad Yadav demanded President's Rule in Chhattisgarh. BJP deputy leader Vijay Kumar countered him by seeking the resignation of Shivraj Patil.

BJP member Karuna Shukla, niece of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, castigated the ruling alliance for the politicisation of the blast. Raman Singh, she maintained, was doing a great job. CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia advocated a co-ordinated approach between the Centre and the states to fight the Naxalites. Mohan Singh of the SP wanted adequate compensation for the victims and their families.

In the Rajya Sabha, the issue was raised by Congress member Mohsina Kidwai, who represents Chhattisgarh. She criticised the state government for its failure to provide security to the people who were returning from a meeting convened for organising local resistance to the Naxalites. Her party colleague and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Moti Lal Vora, demanded adequate compensation to the families of the victims.

Nilotpal Basu of the CPI(M) said that the members should get together and have a debate on the issue.

Von: 02.03.2006,

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