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Mamata Is Welcome Without Police, Says Maoist Leader Kishenji

PTI 25 Jan 2010, 17:42:09 PM IST

Rejecting Mamata Banerjee's call to lay down arms before talks, elusive Maoist leader Kishenji on Monday said the Trinamool Congress chief is "welcome without the police".

"If you want to come to Jungle Mahal for talks without bringing the police you are always welcome," Kishenji said in an open letter to the Trinamool leader, who on January 15 at Jhargram had given Maoists seven days ultimatum to hold talks or she would go on padayatras in naxal-hit areas.

On her demand that Maoists give up arms before talks, Kishenji disagreed saying "If the Central government or a political party gives a proposal to lay down arms and sit for talks that is not possible. Giving up arms is not on our agenda."

Addresing the TC supremo as 'didi'(sister), he said "no talks are possible within the agenda of UPA or the TC policy. You need to adopt a new agenda so that Maoists can speak to you." 

Apparently referrring to Banerjee's plea that she was making the request with folded hands and was even willing to touch their feet, he accused her of following a carrot and stick policy. "First you accused us and then tried to pacify us which is not right," the Maoist leader said. PTI