Lalgarh, Aug 9 (IBNS) If the Maoists are supporting a democratic rally in Lalgarh there is nothing more welcoming than this, said social activist and politician Swami Agnivesh, who arrived here on Monday to participate in the anti-terror rally of Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“If they are supporting a democratic rally, nothing like this. They are coming half way. I welcome the process,” said the leader trying to persuade the Maoists to embrace the national mainstream.
“I have said that things will not solve by bullets, but by talks,” he said.
“If violence continues the real issues will not come to the table,” he said.
He said he was happy that even Maoist military strategist Kishenji supported the rally.
“I am very keen that Kishanji and all followers come forward,” he said.
Railway minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is holding her much-publicized rally in the Maoist hotbed of Lalgarh on Monday amid raging controversy over the support of the rebels to the gathering.
Lambasting the Centre, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sunday said the ruling regime must explain its stand on the ties of the Maoists and Mamata as “exposed” by the rebels’ support of her Monday rally.
“The Trinamool Congress rally is supported by the Maoists. This is virtually a joint collaboration between the two,” CPI-M leader Prakash Karat said.
“We would like to know from the Centre, how do they view this development?” he added.