On talks to bring back the ultras to the mainstream, the Rural Development Minister that "this is not the time for talks".
The slain leader Patel, he said, had completely transformed the Congress party in Chhatisgarh. He was proactive and travelled all over the place while Karma was active on tribal issues.
"The attack is a grievous blow to Congress in Chattisgarh. Our resilience will be tested but we will rise to the challenge," he said.
Political activities, he said, are key to the development issue because "where political parties are weak, Maoists are strong, where political parties are strong, Maoists are weak".
He emphasised on the issue of the enhanced security and development works in the Naxal-affected regions, saying such an approach had helped in containing the Naxal problem in Andhra Pradesh and other areas.
"It is because of presence of security that MGNREGA programme is doing well. Where there is security, contractors come for work. Without security, I do not think, development work can take place," he said. Local police should also be at the forefront ably supported by the security forces, he said.
Ramesh, who has made frequent trips the Naxal-affected districts, saod that the Naxals have been able to foment trouble capitalising on the issues of displacement, tribal deprivation and discontentment.
He said the Naxal-affected districts in Chhatisgarh had seen increased developmental activities over the years on expansion of MGNREGA programme in more areas, payment of wages to the beneficiaries, construction of rural roads and training activities for the youth.
These activies, however, did not go down well with the Maoists who "felt threatened with the pace of development," he said.
He said the slain leaders had been attacked also despite the fact that they had been working for the tribals. Patel, who was targeted earlier also, had met the state governor demanding a CBI probe into an incident in which eight adivasis were killed.