Congress wants to take advantage of Chhattisgarh Maoist attack, alleges BJP

Raipur/New Delhi, June 3 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Congress Party over the May 25 Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Bastar District, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday alleged that it wants to take advantage of the incident.

BJP leader Sanjay Srivastava said that his party would wait for the report of the National Investigating Agency (NIA).

"The Congress wants to take advantage of this incident and they are in the race of forming the government. I would not like to comment on their intention to form the government. However, I would like to say that the BJP had expressed its doubt in the past and the prima facie report of the NIA indicates that their suspicion was in the right direction," said Srivastava.

"However, in the end we would like to wait for the NIA report and the judicial probe," he added.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Kantilal Bhuria lashed out at the BJP Government in Chhattisgarh as it failed to provide security to the people.

"The state government is not taking adequate steps in providing security. The Indian Government should urgently look into the matter and instruct them to provide security to the people," he told the media in New Delhi.

The Congress legislators in Chhattisgarh have offered to resign en-masse to force dissolution of the House and imposition of President's rule.

The move comes in the wake of security lapses that led to the Maoist ambush and the death of Congress leaders.

The Chhattisgarh Government has come under sharp criticism from the Congress Party following the audacious attack by the ultras on Congressmen in Bastar District.

Congress Party had earlier last week demanded that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh should step down from his post, as his government and administration had failed to provide enough security to its leaders.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that the Centre and states would undertake joint operations to eliminate the Naxal threat.

Shinde, who presided over a high-level meeting in Raipur on May 31 to review the security situation in Chhattisgarh in the wake of the May 25 Naxal attack, said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating whether their was a security lapse that led to the tragic Bastar incident.

Shinde had earlier assured full protection to politicians working in Naxal-affected states irrespective of their party affiliation.

"The security arrangement for everyone will be strengthened and especially for those persons, who are working towards bringing a democratic set up in the Maoist-affected (areas). Leaders and workers of all parties will be given full security," he told mediapersons in the national capital last evening.

Shinde admitted that the ultras pose a threat to urban cities of the country.

"We have intelligence reports of the same. In Pune also, I had said that Maoist outfits are spreading their wings. We have information that the rebels might attack many urban cities," he said.

An all-party meeting convened by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on the Maoist issue earlier last week urged the Central Government to come out with a work plan, and called for better coordination to tackle the threat.

The meeting, which was attended by leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Left Parties, concluded that the Maoist issue is a national problem and not specific to a particular state.

Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh had earlier last week said anti-Naxal operations will be intensified with more security forces and modern weapons being provided by the Central Government to the affected regions.

"We will coordinate with Naxal-hit states adjoining Chhattisgarh and forces and modern weapons would be provided by the Centre for anti-Naxal operations," he told mediapersons in Raipur after holding a meeting of senior officials at the police headquarters.

Singh further said a judicial inquiry has been set up to find out the error.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the attack by the Maoists on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh.

Heavily-armed Maoists had on May 25 ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in the state's Bastar district, killing 28 people including PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, Congress leader Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar and injuring 37 others.

Former Union Minister V.C. Shukla injured in the attack is being treated at a Medanta hospital in Gurgaon. His condition is stated to be critical, but stable. (ANI)

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