New Delhi: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and apprised her of the actions by the government in connection with May 25 Maoist attack on party leaders in Bastar.

In a clear signal of the party toughening its stand against Naxals, Congress spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das also endorsed Union Minister Jairam Ramesh's stand that the Maoists are terrorists.

"I cannot ignore this view of Jairam Ramesh. This view has got some substance. We cannot ignore it," Das, who is also the AICC secretary for Chhattisgarh, said.

Ramesh had on Tuesday said, "They are terrorists. What else are they? You can't romanticize them. They are spreading fear. They are spreading terror."

Reiterating his allegation that Maoists and BJP are closely working in Chhattisgarh to serve each other's purpose, Das questioned that if the state government can make comprehensive security plan for its Vikas Yatra, why can't it do the same for the Parivartan Yatra of Congress.

"They should answer why this incident happened. This is the moral responsibility of the Chief Minister to quit his post," the Congress spokesperson said.


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