Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Naveen rules out talks with armed' Maoists

Minati Singha, TNN, 2 February 2010, 10:43pm IST

BHUBANESWAR: Following Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's offer to mediate between the government and Maoists, chief minister Naveen

Patnaik on Tuesday said it would not be possible unless they shunned violence.

"It is not possible to have a discussion with Maoists till they give up violence," chief minister Naveen Patnaik said in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Patnaik also said the discussion with ultras has brought good results in Bihar and Jharkhand but as far as his government is concerned there is no scope for talks with Maoists till they shun violence.

The religious guru is on a five-day visit to Orissa since Saturday and he met Patnaik on Tuesday for about 30 minutes and discussed several issues, including the Maoist menace.

"We discussed on how to bring peace and reduce violence. We also spoke about the development of the country and the progress of work in our university in the state," Ravi Shankar said.

Replying to a question on his proposed talk with Maoists Ravi Shankar said, "I appealed to the Red rebels to discuss and negotiate and shun the path of violence and bloodshed. We want social justice and development of the society."

He further added, "I am always ready for any peace negotiation anywhere in the world and motivate ultras to shun violence."

Expressing satisfaction over the progress of work in the construction Sri Sri University near Cuttack, the chief minister said, "I am happy that Guruji personally came to look into the university work, which is going on at a fast pace."

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