Armed operations against Maoists won’t solve problem: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee
Posted by Admin on October 10, 2009
Kolkata, Oct 08 The Union Home ministry may have approved an offensive against Maoists and the IAF set to open fire in self defence but Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee tonight said this would not solve the problem.
“A political problem cannot be solved by deploying the army,” Banerjee told private Bengali news channel Star Ananda.
“The Centre should talk to the Maoists to know what they want while Maoists should stop the politics of individual killing. It is also not right to kill policemen.
Violence cannot bring any solution. I am for a peaceful solution to the problem,” she said.
“The Maoists in Nepal have embraced democracy. The Maoists here should also be given the scope”, she said.
Suggesting that intellectuals could also act as mediators between Maoists and government for talks, she said in reply to a question that “if Maoist leader Kishenji has trust in me, I will say let us find a solution.”
Reiterating that Trinamool Congress was against the anti-Maoist operations in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district, Banerjee said the Centre did not talk to the party on the issue. “I told them you are not doing the right thing.”
Told that the Centre was sending more forces to combat the Maoists, she alleged CPI-M was capturing areas with the help of the joint forces. Samay Live