Kolkata: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury today
asked Maoists to enter the political mainstream like their
counterparts in Nepal.
"If the Maoists give up guns, we are ready to talk to
them," Yechury told a Bengali news channel.
"Let them come to the democratic mainstream," he said,
referring to the Maoists in Nepal who joined the electoral
process in the Himalayan country.
Yechury said his close ties with Nepalese Maoist leader
Prachanda began only after his party gave up guns and joined
the democratic mainstream.
"Let the Maoists here enter the democratic mainstream and
then the people will decide," he said.
Alleging that the Trinamool Congress has a nexus with
Maoists in West Bengal, Yechury said, "They have on record
claimed there is no Maoist in the state and have also opposed
"It is our comrades who are dying every day there," he
said, adding if such forces came to power there would be
neither peace nor democracy.
Yechury, who is a Rajya Sabha member from this state,
hoped the Left Front would do well in the May 30 civic polls.