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Naxal top brass belong to neighbouring states, says CM

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Sunday that there are only misguided lower rung Naxals which belong to Chhattisgarh while almost all the commanders and top brass are from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha state.

“If Union Home Minister is willing to curb the Naxal menace then the top militants had to be either eliminated or be forced to surrender.’’ he added. Baghel made the announcement while responding to a query of media persons at Meet the Press programme held at Raipur Press Club.

He further reiterated that for finding out an amicable solution after understanding the root causes he will  continue to hold talks with the affected parties which include the innocent tribal victims, citizens, local journalists as well as the police and security personnel deployed in the conflict zone.

Regarding newly  introduced Motor Vehicle Act, Baghel said it was a ‘Tuglaqi’ order which had  created panic among vehicle owners and commuters.

Rs Rs Roads come under state government and hence fines are to be levied by state police but the courts follow the acts of Centre. We have a federal system in our country and we could not go against the constitutional provision but we are looking for the best alternative that citizens of the state are prevented from being   victimised’’ he remarked.

Commenting about slashing down of corporate tax by union government recently, Baghel said as per his information it would benefit only big corporate houses and small and medium scale industries would be largely left out from the benefits.

Reacting to allegations levelled by former chief minister Raman Singh and other BJP cadres that he is indulged in politics of vendetta, the CM challenged to cite a single case of it. Rs Neither any fresh FIR has been lodged nor any new probe has been initiated’, he claimed.

Earlier citing achievements of his 10 months old government, Baghel claimed that he had prevented the state from nationwide economic slowdown by boosting the rural economy.

The farm loan waiver and providing of Rs 2500 Minimum Support Price for paddy had strengthened the rural  economy and flow of money had also benefitted the business community, he remarked.

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