Unified command no solution to fight Naxals: Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Bringing to the fore the difference of perception within the Congress over tackling the Maoist problem, Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday said the unified command of armed forces might not be the solution.

Asked his views on the unified command, Aiyar told mediapersons a unified command of participatory development of the poor tribal regions could be the answer to the problem. He was here after he returned from Bangladesh with a delegation that explored the possibility of business development between the two countries.

Asserting that better rail, road and port connectivity would ensure development in Bangladesh, West Bengal and Northeastern states, the MP said the proposal to construct a bridge on Padma river would develop direct railway connectivity with Dhaka and Kolkata. There was enough scope to develop connectivity between Kolkata, Haldia, Paradip port and Chittagong and Mangala port in Bangladesh which would help expand trade and business between the two countries.

Regarding BSF firing on the Bangladesh border, Aiyar said he would bring it to the notice of the Home Ministry as such acts result in casualties.

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