Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yechury: Ban on Maoists will clear ambiguity

23 Jun 2009, 1158 hrs IST

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury has told the press that the West Bengal government has taken note of the Centre’s ban on the CPI(Maoist) and will take a decision keeping in mind the PM’s recent statement holding Maoists to be the ‘gravest threat to India’s internal security.

Speaking to reporters today (June 23) Yechury said the Central government had enforced a ban on Maoists to clear an ambiguity over their status.

“The Government has imposed this ban because they wanted to clear an ambiguity - earlier in the list of banned organisations was the CPIML - People's War Group and the MCC - now both of these have merged together to form the CPI(Maoist), said Yechury.

He added that the Government was privy to information on ‘threat perceptions’ and state government had to take note of it as the Centre’s ban would be applicable to the whole of India.

“At least on two occasions in the past the Prime Minister has gone on record to state that Maoist violence is the single gravest internal security threat to the nation. All of us want the internal security to be strengthened and beefed up. The Government is privy to the information on the threat perceptions. So, on that basis they have taken action and this is applicable to the whole of India. And Bengal is part of India. This is something that is in the natural course of the law of the land. And that will have to be taken up. And I think the state cabinet is meeting today and they will take the necessary decision,” said Yechury.

The senior CPM leader also said his party maintained the opinion that a solution to the Maoist problem had to be dual in its strategy.

“Firstly it has to be a political solution – because ultimately the most enduring solution will be a political one. But wherever there is a breakdown of law and order, and wherever the civic administration is paralysed by their (Maoist) activities, then it is the fundamental duty of any government to restore civic administration and normalcy,” said Yechury.

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