The Communist Party of India (Maoist) have turned down Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s appeal to halt violence for facilitation of talks between the outlawed party and the state governments.
The CPI(Maoist) said violence never topped their agenda and it would never be.
Turning down Chidambaram’s appeal, CPI(Maoist) politburo member Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji said, “Now Mr Chidambaram is saying that he had never asked us to lay down arms but only asked us to halt violence. But please think again about who are behind the present situation in West Bengal, which you had earlier termed as a ‘killing field’,” the Maoist leader said in a statement issued to the media on Saturday night.
He added that the minister should enquire from Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee about the huge arms stocks of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the ruling party in Bengal.
“The chief minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, himself admitted in the Assembly that all political parties in West Bengal had stocks of arms. Now, tell us, whether their arms are spreading violence or peace?” the Maoist leader asked.
“You have been right in dismissing the CPI(M)’s allegation that the Trinamool Congress works in tandem with CPI(Maoist),” the Maoist leader told Chidambaram, adding, “But you had been completely wrong and it seemed like you tried to guard the CPI(M) when you said the CPI(M) was not active enough in tackling the Maoists’ growth.”
The Maoist leader demanded that mainstream political parties like the Congress, the CPI(M) and the Trinamool first give up violence. “You, Mr Chidambaram, should first quit the path of violence. We give you our words that violence is never on the top of the Maoists’ agenda and it would never be,” the banned party said in its statement.
The Maoist top gun also said that only “class struggle” could solve the present crisis of the Indian society, both inside and outside the forest areas. “The logic of leaders like Mr Chidambaram and Buddhababu will always differ from that of the revolutionary masses,” the underground leader told HT over phone from his hideout in Lalgarh, 250 km southwest from Kolkata.