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Varavara Rao expresses regrets

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Vows to carry on united struggle against `State violence'



LAL SALAAM: Maoist ideologues -- Varavara Rao, Gadar and G. Kalyana Rao - at a press conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

HYDERABAD: The three former CPI (Maoist) emissaries on Wednesday admitted that there were differences of opinion among them but asserted that they would put up a united front to resist "State violence."

Mr. Varavara Rao, who was at the centre of a storm over the letter he shot off to the Maoist leadership levelling allegations of corruption against another emissary, G. Kalyan Rao, expressed regrets for his action. "I should have verified the facts from Mr. Kalyan Rao and Gadar before writing the letter," he said. He also regretted the remarks made by him against a leading cardiologist, a dentist and two journalists.

Addressing a joint press conference here, the trio released a prepared text in which they admitted to differences of opinion in their functioning and certain other issues. "The differences will remain. However, the goal of carrying forward revolutionary, literary and cultural movement is primary to us," said Mr. Varavara Rao.

Charges denied

Mr. Kalyan Rao said that he had no financial dealings with any official or person as mentioned in the letter. The State was mistaken if it thought it could suppress their voice by highlighting the contents of the letter. "They were mere allegations."

He had a clean record ever since joining the United Communist movement at the age of 14. He never used the party for selfish ends nor used his own popularity with the party to bestow favours on his son, Gopi, a film personality.

Mr. Kalyan Rao said Gopi could have produced a couple of films, including `Guerrilla', had he used his name. `Guerrilla' was abandoned halfway due to funds crunch. Gopi had not applied for a Rs. 40-lakh loan to complete the film as alleged.

Mr. Varavara Rao demanded that persons who released a forged letter in the name of CPI (Maoist) State secretary, Ramakrishna, be punished. Similar letters were released in name of another Maoist leader, Balaram.

Gadar said the Government conspired to carry out character assassination against Maoist leaders through these letters.

He admitted that he had not taken his colleagues into confidence when he met the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and suggested resumption of dialogue with Naxal leaders.

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