Political parties across the spectrum in the central Indian state of Jharkhand have come together to press the Shibu Soren government to step up anti-Naxal operations in the state, which has, in the recent years, witnessed a steep rise in violence perpetrated by the extreme left-wing rebels. The state of Jharkhand, which received minimal development funds from undivided Bihar when it came into existence in 2001, is already facing huge resettlement and rehabilitation issues. "Till now Chief Minister Shibu Soren has been giving contradictory statements on Naxals. At least now his government and allies should take the issue very seriously and step up anti- Naxal operation with commitment," local Congress leader Radhakrishna Kishore said in a recent statement.
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