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Kishenji for 3-month ceasefire by both sides,talks

Two days after the President and the PM asked the Maoists to abjure violence and come to the discussion table, top Maoist leader Kishenji tonight suggested a three-month ceasefire by both sides and talks for a peace process.



Kolkata: Two days after the President and
the Prime Minister asked the Maoists to abjure violence and
come to the discussion table, top Maoist leader Kishenji
tonight suggested a three-month ceasefire by both sides and
talks for a peace process.

"The President and the Prime Minister, in their
Independence Day speeches, have appealed to the Maoists to
abjure violence. We are never for violence but the government
has instigated us to take up arms," Kishenji said from an
undisclosed destination.

"When our comrade Azad was preparing ground for talks,
he was treacherously killed..... So, it is very clear from the
activities of the government that they don`t want any peace,"
Kishenji said.

The Maoist leader claimed there were "some reports from
the PMO that Mamata Banerjee has been asked to work as a
mediator. If she agrees, then we have no problem".

Kishenji suggested some names of mediators, like a group
of intellectuals including writer Arundhati Roy, singer and
Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman, B D Sharma,, Gopal Narlekar
and Ramanna.

"But we will not declare ceasefire unilaterally unless
there are some positive steps from the government," Kishenji
said.

"If the Prime Minister is keen to restore peace and
normalcy in the disturbed areas of the country, then he will
have to take an initiative to withdraw joint forces and order
a judicial inquiry into the murder of Azad," he said.

"But we will not declare ceasefire unilaterally unless
there are some positive steps from the government...If the
Prime Minister is keen to restore peace and normalcy in the
disturbed areas of the country, then he will have to take an
initiative to withdraw joint forces and order a judicial
inquiry into the murder of Azad," Kishenji said.

He said that the Prime Minister in his Independence Day
speech had vowed to fight terrorism and corruption.

"We are always against terrorism and corruption of any
kind...It has been our party`s mandate to fight corruption and
so we are mobilising people all over the country to ensure
that they raise their voice against injustice which has been
meted out to them," the Maoist leader said.

Referring to the drought in West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and
Jharkhand, he said, "We appeal to the government to sanction
Rs 500 crore to each drought-hit district of these states."

Kishenji also demanded that the Rs 8,000 crore that had
been sanctioned for modernisation of police force and Rs 60
lakh per day being spent for the anti-Naxal operation be
utilised for employment and income generation schemes in
underdeveloped districts of the country.

PTI

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