Left targets Mamata in Parliament over Maoists

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IBNS) The communists along with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in the Rajya Sabha over her remarks on the killing of Maoist leader Azad.

A day after Mamata Banerjee said she would again go to Lalgarh and stood by her remark that killing of Azad (a supposed peace negotiator) was unjust, the Trinamool chief, Communist Party fo India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury asked how can a union minister openly patronize and collaborate with Maoists.

Yechury said if the Prime Minister of India (Manmohan Singh) could say that the Maoists are biggest internal threat to the country, how can a minister of that government openly defend the rebels.

Yechury said Mamata’s stand is an absolute negation of the government’s stance on Maoists.

“Mamata said the killing of Azad was a murder,” Yechury said, adding that the Trinamool leader dubbed Azad a martyr.
Standing firm on her sympathetic stand towards the Maoists, Railway minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday welcomed Maoist leader Kishenji’s reported offer for talks even as the Centre traded cautiously to the extremists’ purported peace offer.

Asked about how she would face Parliament after her comment in Lalgarh on Maoist leader Azad killing, the firebrand leader retorted: “I will stick to it.”

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also slammed Mamata and the union government on the issue terming the comments of the Railway Minister as unconstitutional.

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