Ranchi: Describing Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s letter to Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda as ‘politically motivated’, BJP state president Dineshanand Goswami on Thursday said naxalism is a socio-economic problem of the country which needs holistic approach thus, state government alone can’t be only blamed for failure in dealing with the menace.

“Jharkhand government can’t only be blamed. This is not a matter of any particular state, it’s a national issue. The Centre and the state government should develop common strategies but here Chidambaram is looking for his political growth by blaming state government,” he told reporters here.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chidambaram had written a letter to Arjun Munda in which he had attacked the BJP- ruled Jharkhand for its ineffectiveness in anti-naxal operations. He had stated that despite prior information to the BJP-ruled Jharkhand - no serious effort has been made by the state government to deal with the extremists.
“State government is taking all possible and effective steps to look into the matter,” Dineshanand Goswami added.

BJP running away from its duties: Congress

Meanwhile, refuting to BJP’s allegation that Chidambaram’s letter is ‘politically motivated’ Jharkhand Congress president Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu termed it ‘unfortunate’ and said, “BJP is facing major challenge in the state thus, they are running away from its duties in addressing the socio-economic problems.”

“This government has failed at every step. Naxals continue to kill people. Jharkhand has witnessed rise in naxal activities in BJP’s regime. The centre is providing enough funds to the state government for the modernization of police system,” Balmuchu said.

He also asked Arjun Munda-led government to accept its mistakes and failure in dealing with the menace.