Congress today said formulating a cohesive national policy to deal with the Maoist menace is a challenge as many tribal Parliamentarians and legislators are totally against the consensus which mainstream political establishments have come to.
"On the issue of tackling Maoist violence, there are certain consensus which is talked about left, right and centre(everywhere). But there is another consensus which is there among tribal representatives, MPs, MLAs and civil societies activist cutting across parties which is totally contradictory to the consensus which the mainstream political establishments have come to," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said.
"They are the people who are actually living there (Maoist-dominated areas). Now, how do you harmonise and achieve a consensus and come out with a cohesive national policy... I think this is the challenge," he added.
Tewari was speaking at a programme: "How to develop national consensus on critical national issues. BJP leader Chandan Mitra also participated in the programme organised by Vivekanada International Foundation.
On his part, Mitra said Indian politics has become essentially bi-polar and so an agreement between two national parties effectively generates a broad national consensus.
Underlining that there are large number of regional parties whose concerns are "very" different from those of national parties, he said "it is the primary responsibility of the ruling party or the principle party of the government to reach out to the principle pposition party for working out an understanding on policy and governance issues".
Pointing out that there will be certain ideological issues which cannot be negotiable, he said, however, on the issue of governance there can be some consensus and "this can be seen in the working of a coalition government over the last 10-20 years that parties of different ideology came together at a common platform to share the path they agreed in their Common Minimum Programme."