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Mamata's interlocutors want to quit

india Updated: Nov 10, 2011 23:57 IST
Surbek Biswas
Surbek Biswas
Hindustan Times
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The six-member interlocutor team appointed by CM Mamata Banerjee to bring the Maoists and the West Bengal government to the negotiating table wants to quit their job.

And, they want none other than Banerjee to end their terms of reference.

"When the government seems to be unhappy with our job, they should terminate our job. Since Banerjee got us involved in it, she should be the one to end it," an interlocutor told Hindustan Times.

The interlocutors are reportedly peeved with the state government after their suggestions on the peace process, given to the government and Maoists confidentially on October 24, were reportedly leaked to the media. Some interlocutors also alleged the administration was keeping track of their movements, which they felt was an insult to them.

"The CM had appointed us. We deserve minimum respect. On October 24, we gave our proposal to the chief secretary in a sealed envelope. But two days later, we saw our suggestions appearing in some newspapers," another interlocutor said.

Although the interlocutors didn't set any deadline, they are not willing to wait indefinitely. "We'll wait for a month before announcing our decision."