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Oppn Accuses Govt Of Taking Soft Line On Naxals, Terror

The opposition on Monday charged the Government with being soft on Maoists and remaining a mute spectator to "millions" of infiltrations from Bangaldesh and said UPA is taking a "suicidal path" by offering amnesty to
PTI May 03, 2010 21:01 IST
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The opposition on Monday charged the Government with being soft on Maoists and remaining a mute spectator to "millions" of infiltrations from Bangaldesh and said UPA is taking a "suicidal path" by offering amnesty to those who want to return to India from Pak-occupied Kashmir.

Initiating a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the working of the Home Ministry, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said there was lack of clarity within the Government on the issue of tackling the Naxal menace.

Referring to the views of Congress leaders like Digvijay Singh and Kesav Rao, who have underlined the need to talks to the Naxals, Naidu said, "By making these statements, we are giving them (Maoists) more strength....you may be giving them chance to regroup and reorganise themselves."

On Rao's suggestion for reconciliation with the Naxals, Naidu asked "Reconciliation for what? Talks with whom?"

Referring to terrorism, Naidu said, "We have an example of a glaring failure of intelligence system with regard to David Coleman Headley, key plotter in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks."

The former BJP president said let alone fight terrorism, the ruling party even does not speak in one voice.

 In the Batla House encounter, doubts were raised about its genuineness, he said adding the entire country should speak in one voice. "Here some of the political leaders are showing sympathy with the accused instead of sharing the grief with the victims," he said.

Many Congress members objected when he said millions of infiltrations have taken place form Bangladesh to Assam.

"Assam is the worst victim of infiltration...due to confusion of the state government and political parties, it has flourished....Congress has taken a soft view of the infiltration," he said.

The BJP leader slammed the Government for its decision to cut forces from Jammu and Kashmir.

On Home Minister's decision to offer amnesty to Kashmiri militants who want to return to India and lead a normal life, Naidu said, "This is a very dangerous proposal....please don't take a suicidal path...How can you trust them?"

Moinul Hassan (CPI-M) was of the view that some UPA partners have soft corner towards Maoists and said its worst victim is West Bengal.

 Pointing out that over 200 districts are affected by Maoists, of which 90 were severely hit, he said only Rs 285.82 crore has been allocated to tackle the menace.

He demanded a comprehensive legislation for refugees saying India was serving as host for those coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and many other countries.

K Malaisami (AIADMK) said one-third of the country was affected by extremism and terrorism. PTI