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Non-committal on ban

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TIRUMALA: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Thursday said that the decision whether or not to re-impose ban on Maoists will be taken at an appropriate time.

Evading a direct reply on the growing naxal violence in the State and the abortive attempt on the life of Mahesh Chandra Laddha, Superintendent of Police, the latest arrest of balladeer Gaddar and Varavara Rao, Dr. Reddy said that the Government was taking note of all the consequences being reported in the aftermath of lifting the ban on naxalites.

Asked whether the atmosphere in the State was still conducive to hold peace talks with Maoists, he simply said: "We will do whatever is deemed fit, depending on the situation."

To another question regarding the allegations of opposition parties that the ruling party was influencing the CBI probe into the Paritala Ravi's murder case, he said that this was a country where even the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was criticised despite his being instrumental in securing freedom to the country.

Talking to mediapersons just before leaving the temple town, Dr. Reddy rated the Praja Patham programme as absolutely a grand success, and said that the response from people was overwhelming. "Afterall, it is a programme being initiated by the State Government to hear the voice of people."

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