Soren Meets Chidambaram, Assures Help in Offensive against Maoists

Jharkhand Chief Minister has ruled out any difference with the Centre on the issue of controlling Maoists and expressed his commitment to check the menace, reported PTI.

Soren’s statement came amid reports that Jharkhand had stopped operations against Maoists and after his meeting with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

After an hour-discussion on the issue, Soren told reporters that his government was not opposed to any offensive against Maoists.

“There is no difference between us and the Centre. We are working with each other.

“We discussed developmental issues and the problem of Naxalism. We have been trying to control the menace (Naxalism) and will continue to do so,” Soren was quoted as saying.

In response to a query regarding the presence of central security forces to contain Maoists in Jharkhand, chief minister was quoted as saying, “There has been a decision from the Central government on sending forces for operation ‘Green Hunt’.”

Media reports said citing sources that Chidambaram called Soren for talks on the Maoists menace and the proposed Green Hunt operation in Jharkhand.

Last week, Soren had said that he was not opposed to the anti-Maoist operation in the state but had also asked the rebels to come forward for a dialogue. He was accompanied by his two deputy chief ministers Raghuvar Das and Sudesh Mahto and other senior officals of the state during his meeting with the Home minister.

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