Guwahati (Assam), May 19 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said that socio-economic issues need to be tackled first, while dealing with the Maoist menace in the country.
Prakash Karat said the problem posed by Maoists has to be looked from the socio-economic point of view besides counter operations by security forces.
"Steps must be taken in the Maoist affected regions to see that the tribal people's socio economic problems are also solved. We can tackle the problem by this approach. There is no doubt that the whole country condemns the sort of Maoists violence, said Karat.
"We must also go forward to see how they can be isolated and they can be defeated," he added at a meeting, which was attended by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.
Apart from Maoist extremism, Karat also spoke about the issue of price rise.
The CPI-M leader also expressed his views on the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, asserting that black money and politics is getting involved in it. (ANI)