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Mayawati hits at centre for not supporting anti-naxal efforts

lucknow Updated: May 18, 2010 20:55 IST

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Accusing the centre of failing to take positive steps to find an effective solution to naxal problems, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today alleged it was not supporting the state's efforts against the menace.

"The state government has initiated steps to find an effective solution to naxalism, as a socio-economic problem. Unfortunately, the centre's support to the efforts being made by the state had been very disappointing," Mayawati said in a statement issued here.

"The Centre neither paid any attention towards finding an effective solution to naxalism problem nor did it take any positive step in this direction," she alleged.

The BSP president said that some districts of UP, including Mirzapur and Sonbhadra, which share their boundaries with naxalism affected states, the problem has surfaced.

"Naxalism surfaced in some districts of the state due to lack of basic amenities and driven by poverty, unemployment and absence of health and education services, local people became its supporters out of sheer frustration," she said.

The CM said her government has taken concrete measures to ensure all round development of naxal-infested areas from the state fund, despite having limited resources.

"A host of development works including a vast network of roads, electricity, employment, health and education, were carried out in the naxal-infested districts of the state," she said.

"It is due to the efforts of the state government that no major incident of naxalism had occured in the state, which is a major achivement of the BSP government," she said.

Mayawati said there were apprehension of naxal problem resurfacing in some backward areas of UP like Bundelkhand and eastern UP.

"The state government had repeatedly asked the Centre to extend financial help for the development of these areas, but nothing concrete had been done so far," she alleged.