Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik says one has to be firm against crimes, especially over abduction by Maoists. Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Patnaik said that his state police officers know how to handle the hostage crisis and are able to combat the situations well. The BJD Chief says he also has an open mind towards the NCTC issue.
Here is the transcript of the entire interview:
Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. How effectively has the Odisha government handled the recent hostage crisis and what is the position of the Biju Janata Dal on the forthcoming presidential election Those are two of the issues that I shall discuss with the Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik.
Minister, let's start with the hostage situation you have just had to handle. There is a widespread view that rather than standing up to the Naxal demands, you caved in step-by-step. Would you say you could have handled the situation better?...more
11:06 PM, May 05, 2012