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Chhattisgarh Maoist attack All party meet today


Amid criticism following the deadly attack in Bastar on a Congress convoy last Saturday which killed 27 people, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh will on Thursday hold an all-party meeting to discuss the Naxal menace.

An official said the all-party meet will discuss the Naxal issue broadly.

The Congress has meanwhile decided to boycott the meeting. According to Congress spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das, the decision was taken both by the state CLP as well as the party leadership.

In the meeting, Singh is likely to seek suggestions from members of all political parties on Naxal issue and elaborate on the latest law and order situation to the Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh Assembly.

The Chief Minister will also inform them about steps taken by the government after the Bastar attack.

The situation which has cropped up after the attack and security arrangements in its wake will be closely scrutinised in the meeting.

The decision to convene the all-party meeting came after Congress demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister, charging his government with failure to maintain security.

BJP has accused Congress of indulging in “petty politics” by accusing the Chhattisgarh government of failing to provide adequate security to the Congress leaders.

BJP and Congress have drawn daggers at each other on the Maoist attack in which virtually the entire leadership of the state Congress was wiped out.

Left parties have also condemned the brutal attack saying they disapproved violent retribution against political opponents.

Heavily-armed Maoists had on Saturday ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Darbha, killing 27 people including PCC chief N K Patel, his son Dinesh, Congress leader Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar and injuring 37 others, including former Union minister V C Shukla.

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