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Maoist leader pledges support to Mamata in elections

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KOLKATA: Pledging support to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming Assembly elections, regional Maoist leader Bikram has said that if Ms. Banerjee truly wants to work for the benefit of the people, she should resign from the Union Cabinet.

His statement was released in the form of a CD to a section of the electronic media here on Sunday.

A written statement of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) signed by Mr. Bikram was faxed to a section of the media last month, in which he had claimed that the Maoists had participated alongside the Trinamool Congress in the movements in Nandigram, Singur and Lalgarh.

‘Standing by the people'

“Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool are standing by the people. She is still a part of the movement in Jangal Mahal, and has spoken against the atrocities committed by the joint security forces here. We welcome her stand,” the voice in the recently released CD said.

However, he also drew attention to issues such as price rise and corruption and said that Ms. Banerjee is a constituent of the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre and cannot evade responsibility for these.

“She may say that it is a decision of the Centre, but the masses will not accept this explanation. If she truly wants to work for the benefit of the people, she must oppose Operation Green Hunt, corruption and price rise. She must leave the UPA and the Union Cabinet,” he said.

Open to suggestions

Pledging support to Ms. Banerjee in the coming elections, Mr. Bikram also said that he was open to suggestions from Ms. Banerjee on how the Maoists may join the peace process.

“For the peace and development of Jangal Mahal and West Bengal, there can be no better proposal. But she [Ms. Banerjee] will have to take a clear stand on this,” he added.

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