Thursday, June 18, 2009

Maoists ask Mamata to support their 'struggle'

Press Trust Of India
Lalgarh (WB), June 18, 2009
First Published: 22:05 IST(18/6/2009)
Last Updated: 22:09 IST(18/6/2009)

As security forces cracked down on them to end the four-day siege of Lalgarh, Maoists on Thursday said they will teach a lesson to both the Buddhadeb government and the Centre and asked Mamata Banerjee to support their 'struggle'.

Maoist leader Koteshwar Rao said the TMC chief should take a stand whether to stand by the people of Lalgarh or to be with the central government of which she is also a part.

"If Mamata stands with the central government, she will be alienated from the people. People will teach a lesson to Mamata and her real face will come before the masses," he said.

Rao said Maoists expect the support of Mamata in their struggle against the 'state repression' and recalled how they supported the TMC chief on the Nandigram issue.

"The CPI-M government is not permitting any progressive activity. It is also not implementing any central government project. That's why people of Lalgarh have revolted against the West Bengal government," he said.

Rao also alleged that the state and central governments have jointly planned a 'white terror' against them and said "we are fighting against this white terror. We sill teach them a lesson".

"If what Mamata Banerjee told rallies during the Nandigram struggle are true, then she should take a stand and support the people," he said.

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