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Centre to mull over demand for forces: Jaiswal

india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 00:11 IST

UNION MINISTER of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal said here on Monday that the Centre would consider the State Election Commission’s demand for paramilitary forces to conduct civic elections.

The minister who was here to address four public meetings in the city in favour of the party’s mayoral candidate Jitendra Singh said there was enough evidence to suggest Pakistani hand in the Mumbai train blast.

Several agencies were gathering more evidence so that it could be put before the Pakistani leadership and International community.

Replying to a question over Naxalite problem, he said there was a considerable drop in the number of incidents in the recent past. Even the figure of those dying at the hands of naxalites had come down, he added.

Giving reasons for this drop in the naxalite-related incidents of violence, he said it was because the affected states were implementing the Central Government’s suggestions. He said Andhra Pradesh, once badly affected by naxalite menace, has substantially controlled the situation.

It was only Chattisgarh where naxalite problem has not been contained to the desired level.

Commenting on the Afzal hanging issue, he said all responsible political parties should refrain from making any comment on it.

“The issue rests with the President and the Supreme Court,” he said.

When his attention was drawn towards the comment which J&K CM and Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad had recently made on the Afzal issue, the minister said his views on Afzal could be personal. It had nothing to do with the party, he added.

Prominent Congress leaders present at several meetings, addressed by Jaiswal, included Ashok Bajpai, Shekhar Bahuguna, Abhai Awasthi, Kishore Varshney,Fuzail Hashmi and several others.