Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a jibe at Home Minister Rajnath Singh over his comment on revision of strategy to tackle NNaxal-affected areas. Reacting to a statement by Rajnath Singh, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, said, “Last heard ‘demonetisation’ was the govt’s strategy to neutralize Naxalism. I hope the ‘revised’ strategy has a little more purpose and impact.” Rahul was reacting to a comment made by Singh where he had said that government will revise its strategy if needed to deal with the Naxals. Speaking to reporters, Rajnath had said, “We have decided to revise our LWE strategy if need be, have called a meeting of officials of various state governments on May 8th.”
Singh added that a meeting of all Naxal-hit states will be held on May 8 to look at ways of rooting out Left Wing Extremism (LWE). “We are working to root out the problem of Left Wing extremism,” he stressed. Condemning the attack, Singh termed the killing of soldiers as cold-blooded murder and an act of cowardice and desperation. “We have accepted it as a challenge,” he said. LWE groups were anti-development and sought to destabilise development in the state, Rajnath said, adding that Maoists were using tribals as fodder. “They are being used as human shields,” he said. “The sacrifice of our brave jawans will not go in vain. The Naxals are frustrated with the development of roads in Bastar region. But they will not succeed in their evil designs,” he said. Singh said that Centre and Raman Singh-led Chattisgarh government to take the Naxals on.
Last heard ‘demonetization’ was the Govt’s strategy to neutralize Naxalism. I hope the ‘revised’ strategy has a little more purpose & impact http://t.co/fNBGUOHlbT
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The Home minister, who paid his homeage to 25 martyrs , visited the headquarters of the 4th battalion of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force in the Mana camp where a wreath-laying ceremony was held. Along with Singh, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon, Chief Minister Raman Singh, and senior state and paramilitary officials were present on the occasion.