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Updated: October 16, 2011 23:17 IST

Biman Bose's poser to Mamata on deadline

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Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Biman Bose
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Biman Bose

Recalls her claim there were no Maoists in State

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should clarify whether her earlier utterances that there were no Maoists in the State were “correct or wrong,” said Biman Bose, chairman of the State's Left Front Committee here on Sunday, a day after the former set a seven-day deadline for the left-wing extremists in the Jangalmahal region on her offer of negotiations on the condition that they give up their arms.

“They [the Trinamool Congress] had a pact [with the Maoists] during their campaign against the Left Front government. So, all of a sudden they just cannot change their position,” Mr. Bose, who is also State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said while observing that Ms. Banerjee was “not admitting her earlier mistakes.”

It is against such a backdrop that the Chief Minister's remarks about negotiations and peace talks with the Maoists are “confusing,” he said.

“The Trinamool Congress-led government has repeatedly said that there are no Maoists [in the State]. It had wanted to ignore the fact that a problem existed in the Jangalmahal area. Now all of a sudden they [the Trinamool Congress] have started saying that if they [the Maoists] do not sit for peace talks, if they do not surrender their arms then we [the government] will see how strong they are.

“This raises the question of whether the earlier utterances of the Trinamool Congress chief as Chief Minister are correct or wrong. This should be admitted by the Chief Minister as this is a democratically-elected government.”

He reiterated that the Maoists were a “political force” which had to be “fought back politically.”

Naxalism is a revolutionary ideology developed to encounter socio-economic disparities in the society during a long period. Any approach to handle it like law and order issue may be counter productive. Mamata cannot ensure end of social injustice in a week. How the end of a struggle may be in same period. Her policies are inconsistent with earlier stand before she came in power. Has she also started speaking through canon of power?

from:  Vijaypratap Singh
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011 at 01:01 IST

There should be no denying that the TMC party used the Maoist card before the Assembly election to endear their representatives to them in the hope of gaining political leverage over their opposition, then ruling CPI(M), which was strongly in favour of armed action against the insurgents. Now as the TMC chief is at the helm of the state of affairs, she can't ignore the problems the rebels pose anymore. Mr. Biman Bose has hit the nail on the head by questioning the standing of Ms. Banerjee on the Maoist issue. Ignoring ground realities for narrow political gain is always a dangerous trick and I think the CM has started to realize that already.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: Oct 16, 2011 at 23:50 IST
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