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Open to suggestions on naxal issue: Jana

By S. Ramu

NALGONDA, MARCH 13. The Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, on Sunday said there was indeed a demand on reimposing ban on the CPI (Maoist). But on the issue of withdrawal from peace talks, there were conflicting views.

"Some people want us to withdraw while others suggest a soft line. We will keep in mind all suggestions while taking a decision," he told The Hindu here, in an interview.

The Minister said the Government was ready to talk to those who come forward to discuss the problems affecting the masses. "We are ready to sit across the table for any number of times. You ask them, whether they are ready to come forward to talk to us," he added.

Asked whether the Government had fixed any timeframe to complete the peace process, Mr. Reddy shot back: "You (journalists) keep estimating the time that is needed. I am ready to wait patiently. I am trying my best and it may take lot of time to find a solution to the vexed problem having a four- decade history. Who knows a solution may be found in the next couple of hours."

`Perfect coordination'

On the question of coordination, he said it was "perfect." Anybody can check it by making an in-depth study. No Government would maintain such a fine equation with the police, he maintained. Asked whether he was feeling the heat of the situation, he said: "My entire life is dedicated to face critical situations and find out solutions for problems. Do your best and forget the rest. Some people may say that we must leave the rest to the God, but I leave it to people's judgment."

He refused to comment on whether he was repenting for ordering the Greyhounds to beat a retreat to save Maoist leaders, Ramakrishna and others, in the Nallamala forest last month.

Advani charge rebutted

The Home Minister refuted the Bharatiya Janata Party president, L.K. Advani's allegation that the law and order situation had reached a new low in Andhra Pradesh.

He advised the former Union Home Minister to recall the situation in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh during the BJP regime instead of finding fault with others. "Don't talk to get political mileage.

We have been constantly proving that our policing is a superior one," he said.

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