Probe Maoist threat to PM, avoid petty politics: Congress

New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the issue of Maoist threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be investigated and not used for “petty politics”.

Briefing the media here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said a threat to the security and the safety of the Prime Minister cannot be dismissed lightly even if it is a rumour or appears suspicious.

“It has to be taken seriously, it should be investigated and action should be taken if somebody is found guilty,” said Khera, adding that the issue should not be politicised.

“Do not use a threat to the Prime Minister of India for petty politics,” he said.

The country has lost two Prime Ministers and the entire leadership of Chhattisgarh to Naxal violence, he said.

Pune police on Thursday told a court that a plan to assassinate Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi-like incident” was revealed in a letter seized from a suspected Maoist.

Khera took a dig at the BJP, saying the party “does not know how to conduct itself” when it wins or loses elections, or when it is in power.

“We know what it means, what it means to fight terrorism, to fight Naxalism…but do not play politics. We lost the leadership in Chhattisgarh when the BJP was in power. Did we play politics with that? No we did not… Please do not play politics with PM’s security for god’s sake,” he said.

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