Saturday, September 03, 2005

TRS wants ban on Maoists lifted

Hyderabad, Sept. 3. — After differing with the Congress government on the handling of the Naxalite issue, Telangana Rashtra Samithi today demanded the immediate lifting of the ban on Maoists and resumption of unconditional peace talks. “We also demand the lifting of the ban on Revolutionary Writers Association which was never involved in violence,” TRS chief and Union labour minister Mr K Chandrasekhar Rao said here.
Earlier, Mr Rao called on RWA leader Mr Varavara Rao in Chanchalguda jail here.
The developments are significant as a Union minister called on a leader of a banned organisation, especially when he is under trial in several cases, and demanded the ban on the Maoists be lifted.
Mr Varavara Rao was the Naxalites’ emissary during last year’s peace talks. “Don’t we have rights if we are Union ministers,” he shot back during a press meet when asked how he justified visiting a leader of an outlawed organisation. “How can it be a mistake? We are opposing the ban on RWA as it is a group of writers and not involved in armed action,” he said. SNS

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