Return to the mainstream: Mamata to Maoists

In a fresh appeal to Maoists to return to the mainstream, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said there was no time limit for patience in democracy.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2011, 20:57 PM IST

Kolkata: In a fresh appeal to Maoists to
return to the mainstream, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said there was no time limit for patience in
democracy but warned sympathisers of action if they were found
"glorifying" the Naxals.

"There is no time limit for patience in democracy. Let us
hope for the better. One should not lose faith. Peace is a
continuous process and I will definitely keep faith," she said
at the Writers` Buildings here.

"I want Maoist friends to return to the mainstream and
many are returning. The government will help them in all
possible ways. I am again appealing to them," the Trinamool
Congress chief said.
Defending her decision to step joint force operations in
Maoist-hit `junglemahal`, she said, "We suspended the
operations for five months in the interest of peace. It was
also mentioned in the Trinamool Congress manifesto. But after
eight to 10 killings, we felt we are bound to ensure security
to the people and I cannot deny my constitutional
responsibilities."

Taking umbrage to a press conference earlier by the
Association for Protection of Democratic Rights in which
Magsaysay award winner Mahashweta Devi remarked that
democratic rights were being taken away by the state, Banerjee
said, "I honour Mahasweta Devi and her age. But I cannot
accept all that she has said. I saw on TV that she was being
prompted from behind."
Charging Maoists sympathisers with muddying the waters,
she said, "They do not want peace to return to junglemahal and
thrive on their share of the loot.

"Action can be taken against those glorifying Maoists.
But the state government has not yet taken any action against
them."

PTI