New Delhi: Condemning the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, BJP on Sunday expressed its "shock" and concern over frequent targeting of political activist by Naxals and called for an aggressive, unified and non-partisan strategy to fight the menace.

Congress leaders killed in Maoist attack

"It is shocking and most unfortunate. We condemn this outright," senior party leader and leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar also condemned the attack and sought an aggressive and unified strategy to counter the Naxal threat. "We condemn this dastardly and cowardly attack. Of late naxalites are targeting elected representatives and political leadership. This new aggressive strategy of Naxalites is a real threat to the Constitution and the rule of the law. It is a challenge to sovereignty," he said.

BJP pointed out that last year, the son of a Chhattisgarh minister was killed while there have been attacks on BJP activists in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.The party also referred to an earlier Maoist attack on TDP chief Chadrababu Naidu.

The party wished speedy recovery for those injured and condoled the death of the Congress leaders. "Everybody must appreciate and agree on this basic fundamental challenge thrown up by Naxalites. It is not state specific but an inter-state issue. Yesterday's attack took plae in Sukma which is on the Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh border", Javadekar said.

Noting that Naxals commit a terror act in one state and flee to another, BJP said this calls for a unified strategy by the Centre to deal with the menace. "It is not development issue. It is about the Naxal belief to change power through violence," he said. He cautioned that Congress should not play politics on this issue.

Another senior party leader Ananth Kumar said the entire nation should stand up and resolve to "weed out this menace of Naxalism and violence from our motherland". BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad rejected allegations that adequate security was not provided to the Congress leaders, saying over a dozen security personnel were killed in the attack. "They (the personnel) died saving them. It shows there was security cover," he said.

He was responding to allegations by Law Minister Kapil Sibal that the Congress leaders were not provided adequate security. Sibal said security, which should have been provided, was not there.

Prasad also appealed to political parties to speak in one voice against such crimes saying workers and leaders from Congress, BJP, Left parties and TDP have been victims of Maoist violence.

He said there was a need to form a well coordinated policy so that the Centre and the states are able to effectively deal with the problem. The BJP leader lashed out at people with a "soft corner" for Maoists wondering why they are silent on the death of political workers, leaders and security personnel in the attack. "What about their human rights...the rights of their families," he said.

(Agencies)

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