BJP will not suffer due to Shukla, Netam exit: Raman

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Bhopal, Sep 25 (UNI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has claimed that the return of former Union minister Vidya Charan Shukla and Mr Arvind Netam to the Congress fold would hardly have an impact on Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

''The leader duo have changed loyalties often and are considered a spent force on account of being outside the realm of active politics for a considerable period. Their return to the Congress might actually lead to infighting and sabotage in that party. The BJP will derive the full profit. The return also reveals the extent of Congress weakness as it is compelled to rely on such leaders,'' Dr Singh told UNI.

Claiming that the BJP was going full steam ahead with its overall development agenda, he added that the party would form a government for the second successive time after next year's assembly elections.

''The naxal challenge ought to be viewed as a national problem while also keeping other Maoism-affected states on the same canvas.

A comprehensive strategy by the Centre is the need of the hour. My government is fighting the menace with every resource at our command and is resolved to stamp out insurgency,'' Dr Singh said.

On the power front, Chhattisgarh would soon emerge as a self-sufficient and then a surplus state. To lend pace to overall development of states, central cooperation is imperative but hurdles are often placed in the way, the Chief Minister added.

UNI

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