In the backdrop of holding up of Rajdhani Express in West Bengal, Congress on Wednesday accused the Maoists of being anti-people, anti-poor and anti-development who are indulging in mindless violence.
"They are anti-people, anti-poor and anti-development. Their policy of blocking development, roads and electricity cannot be called pro-common man," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in New Delhi.
Referring to the Congress plank of aam aadmi (common man) and the violence perpetrated by the Maoists, Singhvi said, "This is a tragic invocation of the common man. They swear in the name of common man and supposedly act on behalf of the common man but have indulged in mindless violence since 1996."
He said since 1996 alone, they have killed 6,000 people and were indulging in unthinkable madness.
Accusing the Maoists of unleashing a "reign of terror", Singhvi said if they have the guts, they should join the mainstream and start a dialogue process.
He said every state government has policies and programmes and each of the grievances of the Maoists can be looked into.
While condemning the violence, the spokesman called upon the Maoists to join the mainstream, saying there was no such thing as "desirable violence".