PM blames Darbha attack on 'political differences'

ModiIn a veiled attack on Modi, Manmohan said that parties must not resort to cheap politics. (PTI)

In his first public attack on the Raman Singh government over the Maoist attack in Darbha in which senior Congress leaders were killed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that the state government did not provide security to Congress leaders due to "raajnaitik matbhed" (political differences).

Referring to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's speech earlier this week, the Prime Minister said, "A BJP leader said that after the Jeeram attack the Chhattisgarh government acted with great sensitivity. But they did not mention the serious security lapse that caused the brutal killing of so many Congress leaders, workers and security personnel. It was not mentioned that only due to raajnaitik matbhed (political differences), the BJP government did not make any security arrangement for the Congressmen."

Blaming the BJP government for failing to tackle Naxalism, he said: "The Naxal attack of Jeeram Ghati also shows the extent to which the law and order situation has deteriorated during the tenure of Chhattisgarh's BJP government. To ensure safety of people is the primary responsibility of any government, but the BJP government has completely failed to meet this responsibility. Many areas of the state are under the control of Naxals, and the government writ is absent in these areas. Therefore, development work is almost negligible in these areas."

Addressing party workers here, the Prime Minister said, "People feel insecure in Naxal areas and development has come to a complete halt. The Centre is providing huge funds to fight Naxalism and bring about development in Naxal areas, but its benefit is not reaching people.

Targeting the BJP on its recent attacks against the Congress, he said, "We will certainly criticise the opposition parties and their policies, but we should not to lose our patience and use words against opposition leaders that are offensive and against the rules of our party. On this issue, we are especially different from the BJP, whose leaders are using foul language against our leaders and chief ministers."

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