New Delhi: Senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram
Yechury today said he would be the first to talk to Maoists if
they need to shun violence and accept norms of democracy.
Taking on Mamata Banerjee for accusing him of adopting
"double standards" in case of talking to Maoists as he himself
had negotiated with ultra-leftists in Nepal earlier, Yechury
said his deliberations with Nepali Maoists took place only
after they shunned violence and returned to democratic path.
"It cannot be compared. Nepali Maoists gave up arms and
took to the path of democracy. Only after that I talked to
them," he told reporters here.
"Let the Indian Maoists shun violence. Without this,
there is no point in talking. Let them abjure violence and I
will be the first to talk to them," Yechury said.
He claimed the Maoist ideology was flawed as it believes
that arming people will result in the overthrowing of Indian
ruling class which does not have any social base.
"This is flawed reading...they have to reassess their
ideology," he said.
Asked whether back-channel negotiations with Maoists
would help in resolving the problem, he answered in the
Last week, Yechury had wondered how Banerjee could
mediate between government and Maoists when she was "openly
siding" with the ultra-Left brigade.
"Mamata is in collaboration with Maoists. How can she
mediate when she is on their side? The question of Mamata
mediating does not arise as they are together," he had said
addressing a seminar here.