Mamata should first speak to PM: WBPCC
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 23:34
Kolkata: Backing Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in the midst of the attack by the Left and BJP over her comments on the killing of Maoist leader Azad, the WBPCC today said that she can mediate for talks with the ultras, but should first speak to the Prime Minister.

Stating it was good that social activist Swami Agnivesh was mediating with Maoists, WBPCC chief Manas Bhunia said, "Mamata Banerjee can make a similar effort. I will request her to talk to the Prime Minister."

The government will assist any political party that came forward for initiating a peace process, he said.

"Has PCPA been banned? Moreover, the link between the PCPA and the Trinamool has not been established as yet," he said.

He asked as why Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee was not banning the PCPA and demanded that Bhattacharjee and CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat immediately publish a list of Maoists in the state, village and district level.

Bhunia claimed that by raising the bogey of Maoists before the assembly election, the CPI(M) was trying to use the issue to win in 42 assembly seats West Midnapur, Bankura and Purulia districts, while it stockpiled arms too.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 23:34

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