Raipur: The Nationalist Congress Party on Tuesday said it would highlight the issue of Naxal menace in its campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh.

"We would take up the issue of Naxalism in the upcoming state elections, besides some other issues," party MP and state unit in-charge DP Tripathi told reporters in Raipur, referring to Bastar Naxal attack, in which senior Congress leaders were killed and injured.

"We have to fight against this menace collectively and it should not be politicized," he said when asked about the alleged conspiracy behind the attack.

He said talks were on with small parties in the state to team up with them for the assembly polls. He however did not disclose much on seat sharing.

"We are trying to coordinate with the Left and small regional parties in the state. In the initial phase, we would announce name of the candidates for 15 seats in which NCP will fight. Later, after holding discussion with Left and other parties, we would take the decision to collectively fight 30 or 40 seats," Tripathi said.

"We will try to raise NCP as a major political power in the state," he said.

On being asked whether NCP would join hands with Congress in Chhattisgarh, Tripathi said, "It is not necessary that we should be with Congress everywhere."

He also announced the formation of NCP state working body headed by state president Satish Jaggi.


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