‘Urban Naxals’ row becomes bigger: BJP targets Digvijaya, Jairam Ramesh

‘Urban Naxals’ row becomes bigger: BJP targets Digvijaya, Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Sep 4: The ruling BJP on Tuesday stepped up its campaign against Congress vis-a-vis its alleged nexus with pro-Naxal elements and went onto state that even Sonia Gandhi-headed National Advisory Council (NAC) during the UPA dispensation had turned into a launching ground for Naxals.

The saffron party also slammed two senior Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Jairam Ramesh for their alleged role in sympathising with the cause of Maoists' and often helping them too. "The NAC which was brainchild of former Congress President Sonia Gandhi ....that body was in fact the ground for supporting Naxalism," BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters here.

Displaying some documents, BJP leader said one such letter reveals that "the Guru of Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had provided assistance" to some organisations who wanted to protest against the BJP government.

He also said there were individuals who despite being chased or arrested by police in different states had moved into the NAC or became close to the leaders who became part of Sonia Gandhi's 'coterie'. Patra accused one such person was also close to NAC member Ashok Mander.

"In 2011, collector of Malkangiri was kidnapped and it was demanded that some Naxals be released. One such person who was released was A Padma. Who is A Padma? She is also wife of Maoist leader Akkiraju Haragopal (alias Ramakrishna)," Patra said.

"You all will be surprised that this very person (A Padma) who was released was actually the in-charge of the orphanage Aman Vedika, which was run by a NGO - founded by Harsh Mander, one time member of National Advisory Council (NAC)," he said.

Mr Patra said the Congress has followed a double standard policy vis-a-vis Naxalism as some leaders like Dr Manmohan Singh or even the then Home Ministers under UPA referred to the Maoists movement as the single biggest threat to Indian security, on the other hand some Congress leaders spoke in different tune and 'romanticised' and sided with the Naxalism openly.

Mr Patra said in one instance, the then Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh had even tried to influence the course of a case involving one Mahesh Raut, who was arrested by Maharashtra police.

"Mr Jairam Ramesh had written a letter to the then Maharashtra Chief Minister and gave certificate that I have investigated and found that Raut is a good person," the BJP leader said. (UNI)