No difference on tackling naxal: Chh'garh CM
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said force would have to be used against naxals but at the same time if any initiative is taken by the Centre for holding talks with them, he would not oppose it.delhi Updated: May 20, 2010 20:02 IST
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said force would have to be used against naxals but at the same time if any initiative is taken by the Centre for holding talks with them, he would not oppose it.
He said while naxalism was currently being faced by various states, it needs to be tackled as a national problem, "as the ultimate aim of naxals is to capture Delhi through power of the gun."
"All what they are doing in Chhattisgarh and other affected states is only a preparation of their long term objective (of capturing Delhi). Though we are combating them, ultimately the entire country will have to stand up against them.
"No politics should be involved with this issue and we all should rise above party lines to combat them," he said addressing a symposium on naxal violence organised by the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) here.
Earlier, the Chief Minister said no one was shying away from holding dialogue with the Naxals. He made the remark after his meeting with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram when he was asked by reporters to comment on Gujarat Chief Minister and fellow BJP leader Narendra Modi's suggestion that there should be talks with the Maoists.
"We have even announced a better surrender policy. We have said that if there is any initiative for talks, Chhattisgarh would not shy away from it. But the key issue is if you are inviting some one for talks, he has to have faith in democracy. One can't sit in a dialogue by holding guns in his hand," he said.
Singh also said if there was an initiative for peace, no state, including Chhattisgarh, would back out of it and he has no hesitation in keeping the option of dialogue always open.
"There is no difference on the thinking between Narendra Modi and me. We are for taking strong action. But if there is any initiative for talks at the national level or at any level, I personally, or the Chhattisgarh government would not back out," he said.
He also dismissed suggestions that there was difference of opinion between him and Chidambaram over tackling the naxal menace.
"I met Home Minister P Chidambaram this morning and discussed the prevailing situation in Chhattisgarh and the recent naxal incidents. There is no lack of understanding between me and Chidambaram on any issue. Even paramilitary forces and state police forces involved against naxals have good coordination.
"This coordination will improve in future and there is no misunderstanding among us. Whether it is the issue of adopting a hard or a soft line, all these things are running parallel to each other. There are no ideological differences with the Centre," Singh told reporters.
First Published: May 20, 2010 19:56 IST