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Don’t use Maoist forces in anti-NDA campaign: Jaitley


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 New Delhi : In a veiled attack, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday warned the opposition parties against using Maoist forces in their anti-NDA campaign and said the ultras are not just against the government but the Constitution itself.

“Unfortunately, some political parties see the Maoists as their instrument in the anti-NDA cause. The history of terrorism and extremism teaches us one basic fact: never ride a tiger, you may be its first victim,” Jaitley said in an article posted on Facebook.

The Maoists believe in the violent overthrow of constitutional system and not just the government, said the senior BJP leader, adding that in their perceived system, there are no fundamental rights, no rule of law, no Parliament and no free speech.

“But to expand their political base, their sympathisers make full use of the democratic idioms,” the Union Finance Minister said.

Jaitley further expressed his concern over the increased Maoist activities, particularly in unexpected areas. The past few days have witnessed evidence of increased Maoist activities in areas other than usual extremism-affected regions, he said.


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