New Delhi: A day after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik blamed the Centre for not lending a helping hand to the State to deal with the abduction of two Italian tourists by Maoists in Odisha, Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that the Centre is ready to provide all possible assistance to the State on the issue.
“I don’t think the Chief Minister should be making these statements without any basis,” Chidambaram told.
The Home Minister said that, Mr. Patnaik had not sought any help from the Centre. “If he has actually said that, I am very disappointed. The Chief Minister spoke to me on Sunday, I offered him every help. He did not ask me for anything. He said I am just keeping you informed,” Chidambaram said.
It is noteworhty to mention that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday had said that, “Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Union Home Department are not displaying urgency in the hostage crisis issue. SM Krishna did not even attend to my call initially when the Italian tourist abduction took place.”
Paolo Bosusco (54) and Claudio Colangelo (61) were abducted on Wednesday in Odisha by left wing extremists. The Maoists holding the Italians have issued a list of 13 demands which includes a ban on tourists visiting tribal areas, the end of the government’s anti-rebel operations and the release of jailed Maoist leaders to release them.