Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Thursday blamed the Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh governments for the Maoist problem.
Gandhi told reporters that while Maoists were a law and order problem, state governments were not taking programmes meant to uplift the poor to those for whom these were intended.
Gandhi named Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh in this connection. Two of these are ruled by non-Congress governments.
Gandhi said while Prime Minister had termed the Maoist problem as the country's biggest internal security threat, he (Gandhi) did not view it as a civil war.
Gandhi arrived in Jharkhand Wednesday on a two-day visit to tour districts where Maoists are active.