One of the key interlocutors assigned to broker peace with the Maoists today took exception to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's “selection of words” in describing the cadres.

Sujato Bhadro, who heads the six-member team of interlocutors, said the Chief Minister should be “more careful in her selection of words” in future.

May create political grudge: Bhadro

“It is true that political tension still exists in the relationship between the government and the Maoists. But such comments may only create political grudge,” he told a press conference.

Mr. Bhadro was referring to use of words like ‘supari killers' or ‘jungle mafia' by Banerjee on Saturday at a rally at Jhargram in West Midnapore district.

Mr. Bhadro, in town to attend the first district conference of the ‘Bandi Mukti Committee', however, hoped the comments would not spoil the peace process.

Ceasefire

He pointed out that at the very beginning of the peace negotiation on July 7, it was decided that the Maoists would declare a ceasefire and the government would withdraw joint forces.

“The Maoists have kept their words. But the joint forces are yet to be withdrawn,” he pointed out, observing that all the pre-conditions must be fulfilled and an environment of faith be created before the talks.

- PTI