Maoists planning to extend base to urban areas

Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Wednesday said it was "formulating a programme" to regain lost ground and spread its base in urban parts of the country.

Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 18:22 PM IST

Hyderabad: Communist Party of India
(Maoist) on Wednesday said it was "formulating a programme" to regain
lost ground and spread its base in urban parts of the country.
"Either in terms of social, economic and cultural ties
or in terms of movement relations, villages and cities are not
two unconnected islands as such. They both influence each
other. This is creating a strong base for our extension. So it
is ridiculous and unreal to say that we would never be able to
extend to urban areas," the party`s general secretary Muppala
Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy told reporters here.

"Among the areas where we have become weaker, there
are some plain areas and some urban areas. We have gained many
experiences in urban areas. We have studied the changes in the
economic and political conditions of our country and the world
and had formulated a programme accordingly," he replied so to
a query on the Maoists influence in the urban areas.
The Maoist chief, who hails from Karimnagar district,
agreed that at present they were not able to mobilize workers,
students and intellectuals as in the 1970s and 1980s.

"There have been some considerable changes in those
conditions. It has become very complex to work in areas where
the enemy is strong and in the trade union movement where the
revisionists have entrenched themselves," he said.

PTI