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PCC chief counsels patience

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TIRUPATI, JAN. 19. The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, K. Keshava Rao, has opined that the prevalence of mutual mistrust between the Government and naxals can become a major hurdle in resumption of the dialogue process. He has blamed the knee-jerk reaction to trivial issues and lack of poise as having had a role in vitiating the atmosphere.

At a media conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Rao refuted press reports and video footage that quoted him as saying on Tuesday that the Congress won with naxals' support, which he, however, clarified a few hours later. Making it clear that the Government was holding talks only to arrive at a permanent solution to the vexatious issue, he urged both sides to observe utmost restraint.

"Not getting any tangible result from the first round of talks itself need not necessarily mean that we lack clarity in handling the situation," Mr. Rao insisted, adding that the process was bound to consume time, given the complexities involved in it. "There is no magic wand with us. It is a long-drawn democratic process and hence an instant solution cannot be expected for an issue hanging fire for decades.''

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