Kolkata: Asking the Maoists to "come back
to mainstream", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
on Saturday said they should state whether they would like talks at
the political or administrative level for which a venue could
The Maoists, who had offered to hold parleys with her
government, should make it clear whether they preferred
political or administrative-level talks, Banerjee said.
She said that an empowered committee was negotiating
with Maoists in Junglemahal, "My government`s priority is to
resolve the issue through negotiations."
"Their (Maoists) movement is ideological. They don`t
believe in democracy. But we do. I don`t mind the ideological
conflict. But I mind atrocities on common people. This should
stop," Banerjee said.
Asking the Maoists to come forward and work for
development and peace, she said, "If any of you want to come
to the mainstream, we have announced a special package for
The chief minister also expressed suspicion that the
CPI(M) was `playing tricks` in guise of Maoists in some cases.