All-party meet for 'no compromise on dealing with Naxal violence'

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): An all-party meet held at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) here on Monday emphasized that there can be no compromise on dealing with the Naxal violence.

A resolution, which was adopted at the meeting, urged the youth to leave the path of violence and pursue their goals through democratic means.

The resolution, which strongly denouncing Left-Wing Extremist violence, said nothing can be more dangerous than the insurgency to overthrow parliamentary democracy and Constitution of India through violent means.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde after the meeting told mediapersons that the Central Government is considering strong action against the ultras.

He said that full security would be provided to the Congress leaders during Parivartan Yatra in Chhattisgarh.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in his opening remarks at the meeting said the government has been following a two-pronged strategy to deal with this challenge of Left Wing Extremism- sustained and proactive operations against Maoist extremists and addressing development and governance issues in Left Wing Extremist affected areas.

"We believe that there is a need to further fine tune and strengthen this strategy. We have already started work in this direction. I would not like to take your time to give details of the steps that we are taking or planning to take, but would only reaffirm that our government will not be found wanting in this regard," said Dr. Singh.

"We believe that there is urgency to the need to effectively deal with the Naxalite menace. Even as we take all measures that are needed to permanently root out this menace, we must immediately ensure that Naxalite violence is held in check and attacks like the one in Chhattisgarh do not recur," he added.

Dr. Singh said: "Our Government looks forward to benefitting from your immense wisdom, knowledge and experience to meet a grave challenge that our country faces today."

Dr. Singh said the ideology of the Naxalites is well known-adoption of violent means with a total disregard for human life to weaken and overthrow the democratically elected governments in our country.

"For many years now, they have been resorting to brutal and inhuman attacks causing serious loss of lives and injury to security personnel, political functionaries and innocent people. But I believe that the Chhattisgarh attack marks the first time that they have targeted the top leadership of a political party in a systematic manner. The strength and robustness of the democratic forces in our country would suffer if the space for political activity gets restricted because of fear or terror," said Dr. Singh.

"Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that the Chhattisgarh attack is a frontal assault on the democratic foundations of our nation," he added.

Dr. Singh said the Central Government is committed to supporting the States fully in this task.

"I am sure that all of us would agree that the State governments, and especially the Chhattisgarh government, must work to ensure that conditions become more conducive to political activity in Naxalite affected areas," he said.

The meeting was attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Ministers A.K. Antony, Sushil Kumar Shinde, BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, BSP chief Mayawati, Samajwadi President Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Leaders of NCP, National Conference, BJD and Left Parties also attended the meeting.

Today's all-party meeting was called to chalk out a strategy to deal with the Naxal violence. The meeting took place in the backdrop of May 25 audacious attack in Chhattisgarh that killed 28 people, including three prominent Congress leaders. (ANI)


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