BJP flays AP govt policy on insurgency
Jamshedpur, Mar 20 (UNI) The BJP today expressed apprehension over the Congress-led Andhra Pradesh government's ''soft policy'' to combat insurgency, saying it led to aspurt in Naxal activities in the ultra-dominated areas in adjoining Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand.
Talking to media persons here BJP national spokesman and former union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the recent 'understanding' with the banned naxalite outfit CPI(Maoist) and the Andhra government had sent a 'soft' message that helped bolster the courage of the ultras.
Mr Rudy was reacting to a question about the union minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal's recent remarks that the naxalite-affected states should adopt the model of the AP government.
He said, ''There is a question mark over the 'AP model' to counter insurgency as it failed to yield any result so far. On the contrary, there is a spurt in naxal activities after the talk.'' Terming the AP model as 'short-sighted', the BJP leader stressed the need on formulating a national policy on insurgency as it was affecting at least nine states.
He said the previous NDA government at the Centre had treated it as a national issue. He also suggested forming a joint forum comprising politicians and the administrative and police heads of the naxalite-dominated states to chalk out a common policy to flush out the rebels from the border areas of the concerned states.