Sukma attack: Congress alleges CM Raman Singh in cahoots with Maoists, reluctant to fight

New Delhi: A day after 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a Maoist ambush, the Congress on Tuesday launched a frontal attack on the BJP government in Chhattisgarh, saying its inability to fight the guerrillas stems from the lack of willingness on the part of Chief Minister Raman Singh.

The "inability" of the state government in fighting Naxalism lies in the "lack of will" of the chief minister, chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

He also took a swipe at BJP president Amit Shah over his party's expansion plan, launched from Naxalbari in West Bengal on Tuesday, and said he should instead confer with the prime minister on how to stop Naxalism.

"...don't put Party before the nation," Surjewala said on Twitter.

File image of Digvijay Singh. Agencies

File image of Digvijay Singh. Agencies

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh accused the Chhattisgarh chief minister and other BJP leaders, who win elections from Naxalism-affected areas, of striking a "deal" with the guerrillas.

"I have said this before and am repeating, that Raman Singh and all those BJP leaders who have won from Naxalism-hit areas have struck a deal with Naxals and there is some exchange between them," he said.

Surjewala also questioned the central government for its failure to appoint a full-time director-general (DG) of the paramilitary force. The post of the CRPF DG has been lying vacant since February.

"No CRPF DG post-February 2017. NIA Chief on the 2nd extension. Lack of policy, plan & direction to fight Naxals confounds BJP government. Has BJP government framed a congruous & comprehensive policy in 3 years to deal with Naxalism or was its resolution babble?" he said in a series of tweets.

Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said the BJP had made strong claims of wiping out terrorism, but in reality, the number of casualties of CRPF jawans in the state has been the highest during its tenure. She claimed that the intelligence failure and the lack of coordination between the Centre and the state were the main reasons for the deadly Maoist attack.

"If we are serious of wiping terrorism from across the border, we should be serious about defeating terrorists from within the nation.

"The Congress made full attempts to defeat the scourge of these terrorists. We wiped out terrorists in Andhra Pradesh. We lost our senior leadership in Chhattisgarh to Naxal violence. This was during the BJP tenure. We have seen no action," she said.

Digvijaya Singh said Naxalism cannot be wiped out till the state government takes the tribals and those living in these areas into confidence and talks to them.

"You cannot end Naxalism till the time you talk to all. You have to first take the people living in Naxal-affected areas into confidence," he said.

The Congress on its Twitter handle hit back at Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who asked whether the families of security men killed in the Naxal attack have any human rights, saying, "Of course they have Human Rights! But, aren't you the government? You have clearly failed in defending these Rights!"

At least 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven wounded in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday, in the deadliest ambush by Maoists of security forces this year.

The nearly 100-strong CRPF patrol providing security for road construction work came under fierce gunfire from Maoist guerrillas occupying vantage positions at around 12.25 pm in Kalapathar area of south Bastar region, one of the worst-hit by Left-wing extremism in the country.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Apr 25, 2017 20:28:16 IST

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