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Patna, June 28, : Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today said that he disagreed with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that no talks will be held with Maoists and a befitting reply given if attacked. “Theoretically I disagree with what he has said. Naxalism cannot be solved with the help of gun. We have to find the underlying reasons behind it. The only solution lies in all-round development of society,” Manjhi told reporters here. Also Read - Will Make Water Supply in Delhi as Good as in Developed Countries: CM Kejriwal

“Frustration over lack of socio-economic-educational development and employment, as well as unavailability of justice among the weaker sections has led to naxalism. The answer to it lies only in development,” Manjhi said. Manjhi said former chief minister Nitish Kumar tried to solve the Maoist issue in the state and took up development work for marginalised people to tackle it. “This policy actually helped and now the situation in the state has changed so much that our Maoist brothers have to work hard to search for new recruits. Young men don’t want to join them. Development weans people away from Naxalism,” he said. Also Read - Ahead of Bihar Polls, CM Nitish Kumar Promises Rs 25K to Girls Passing Intermediate Exams, Rs 50K to Those Who Graduate

“Our intention is to bring so much development in Bihar that issues like Naxalism automatically get solved. If we take development to the huts of the poor people it will definitely end Naxalism,” added Manjhi. Yesterday, ruling out talks with Maoists, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, has said forces will give a “befitting reply” if they are attacked and announced that it will fully fund the formation of elite commando force in states to deal with the menace. Singh, who met top civil and police brass of ten states affected by Left Wing Extremism, told them that enough funds will be provided to equip and modernise their respective police forces.

“There is no question of any talks now. We will take a balanced approach. But the forces will give a befitting reply if the Naxals launch attacks,” Singh has told reporters after chairing a high-level meeting in Delhi. A Home Ministry official later said talks with the Maoists will be held only if they shun violence and come forward for a dialogue.