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PM to chair all-party meeting on Naxal issue today

PM to chair all-party meeting on Naxal issue today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened an all-party meeting here on Monday to discuss ways to tackle Naxal menace in the backdrop of killing of Congress leaders in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh last month.

The meeting, also to be addressed by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, is expected to work towards evolving a consensus on the strategy to deal with the challenge posed by Left Wing Extremism.

A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the UPA Coordination Committee last week at the Prime Minister's residence, which was attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, NCP President Sharad Pawar, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and IUML chief E Ahamed.

The Prime Minister had told the Chief Minister's Conference on Internal Security on Friday that the government's two-pronged anti-Maoist strategy of sustained operations and addressing development issues needed to be strengthened.

Naxals had ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Bastar district on May 25, killing 27 people including PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudaliyar.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had termed the incident as "an attack on very foundations of democracy and entire political system" and said it called for an all-party meeting.

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