'States responsible for growing Maoists menace'

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Patna, Apr 10: Coming in support of Home Minister P Chidambaram, a senior Union Cabinet Minister on Saturday, Apr 10, has blamed the states for the upsurge in Maoists menace.

"Chidambaram sought to resign owning moral responsibility for the Dantewada incident...But there is no justification for it as states have to rein in the growing Naxal-related incidents," Union Food Processing Minister Subodh Kant Sahay told reporters here.

Sahay said that inorder to put an end to Maoists related incident, the states must realise that there has been increase in the number of Naxalites because of existing socio-economic problems.

"States have failed to achieve the desired development and unless these problems are properly addressed, the Maoists won't be uprooted," he said.

He stressed upon proper coordination between the state and the central force personnel to make anti-Maoists operations effective.

"The non-cooperation of the states with the Centre is evident from the absence of chief Ministers of Bihar and Jharkhand at a crucial meeting called by Chidambaram in Kolkata recently," Sahay said.

Chidambaram, had offered to resign over the gruesome Dantewada massacre on Apr 6, in which 76 CRPF personnel were killed. However, the resignation letter was rejected by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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