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Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh bats for dialogue with Maoist leadership

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said the government is ready for a dialogue with the Maoists only if their politburo members took part in the meeting.

india Updated: May 20, 2018 18:01 IST
Press Trust of India, Chirimiri (Chhattisgarh)
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Raman Singh, who is touring the state under the aegis of ‘Vikas Yatra’, said the Centre and state government are making efforts to bring development to Maoist-affected areas.(HT/File Photo)

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh wants a dialogue with Maoists and believes most thorny issues can be resolved through development.

Talking to PTI a day before six Chhattisgarh Police personnel were killed and one injured when Maoists blew up their vehicle in Dantewada district, Singh said his government would be ready for talks with the Maoists if their leaders took take part in the meeting.

“We are ready for a dialogue with the top leadership of the Maoists but it should include their politburo members. Only then can conclusive talks take place,” he said.

Singh, who is touring the state under the aegis of ‘Vikas Yatra’, said the Centre and state government are making efforts to bring development to Maoist-affected areas.

Efforts were also on to strengthen communication networks in these areas and to bring people into the mainstream through development, he said.

National and state highways are being constructed which have led to a fall in Maoist activities, the chief minister said.

In the 2013 assembly elections, Singh said, “The Congress had won more seats in Maoist-hit Bastar region but this time we will get much better results.”

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month launched a phase of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme from Bijapur district of Bastar region.

The chief minister claimed there were no challenges before PM Modi because the “artificial unity” of the opposition parties would crumble due to their “infighting”.

“No challenges appear to be there for PM Modi right now. The Congress is trying to exist in Karnataka with the help of crutches. Today, the opposition is displaying its artificial unity. This artificial unity will crumble due to infighting,” Singh said.

The Congress has been restricted to just 10% area of the country and now appears to be a regional party, the CM said.

On the upcoming Chhattisgarh election, he said BJP president Amit Shah has given a target of “65 plus” seats of the 91-seat Assembly to the party.

“We have confidence over our development work. We will achieve the target and form a government for the fourth consecutive time in the state after the elections,” he said.

First Published: May 20, 2018 18:01 IST