There should be efforts as made by freedom fighter and socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan, to bring Maoists back to the mainstream, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said on Friday.

“Jayaprakash Narayan was successful in convincing the dacoits of Chambal to surrender. Similar efforts should be made to bring the Naxals back to the mainstream,” Mr. Prasad told an election meeting here.

Stating that he was against aerial attacks on Maoists as innocent people could fall victim as well, he said, “not violence, only talks are the surest way of bringing about a solution.”

Expressing disappointment over Congress not aligning with his party, but with the JVM-P of former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi, Mr. Prasad sought to know why the Congress tied-up with a person who had an ‘RSS background’. “They will realise later,” he said.

Mr. Prasad also alleged that the trading community affiliated to the BJP was behind the price rise as huge stocks of essential commodities were being hoarded in godowns.