The Left Front government in West Bengal would tackle Maoists operating in the state politically and ideologically and not by banning it, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee said in Kolkata on Tuesday .
"Some in opposition parties have asked me why the state government is not banning the organisation CPI (Maoist). What the state government wants is to tackle them ideologically and politically," Bhattacherjee said.
Inaugurating a photography exhibition on "Maoists' torture" organised by CPI-M mouthpiece 'Ganashakti', he said Maoists had been killing individuals and policemen in the state in the name of Chinese communist legend Mao Ze-Dong though it had has no connection with the ideology of Mao.
"They are using neighbouring Jharkhand to organise killings in the districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapur and then retreat as they do not have any base in West Bengal", Bhattacherjee, who is also the CPI-M Politburo member, said.
Bhattacherjee referred to the Maoists in Nepal and praised them for giving up armed struggle and joining democracy. But Maoists in India were carrying on violent activity and lacked any political programmes.