CPI(Maoist) Politburo member Sushil Roy has said Mamata Banerjee first posed as a supporter of the Maoists cause but did a quick somersault after becoming Chief Minister of West Bengal.
Roy,76,arrested in 2005,is undergoing treatment for a kidney aliment at AIIMS.
While she was in the Opposition,Mamata first tried to act as if the Maoists had no significant presence. As the elections drew near,and the Singur,Nandigram and Lalgarh peoples movements emerged as a big force,she realised with the support base of the Maoists widening,it would be beneficial to pose as a supporter and sympathiser, he said. She did a quick somersault on occupying the Chief Ministers chair and began to show her true colours… The brutal murder of Kishenji left no doubt of her real political and military character, he added.
Maoists look forward to broaden the sphere of mutual help and cooperation not only with the Northeast insurgent groups but also with the separatists in Kashmir and with various persecuted minorities such as Muslims, said Roy in response to a written questionnaire. He,however,added that though the Maoists support the struggle of various Northeast groups,there is no active military help between the two.
Maoists have to consistently wage an internal struggle against non-proletarian trends… Overcoming all the internal shortcomings and weaknesses is also a major challenge for Maoists these days, he said.
The Maoist leader dismissed former home minister P Chidambarams call to the rebels to surrender arms and begin talks as just empty rhetoric,adding that the government steps up action whenever the Maoists put their arms on hold.
In West Bengal,the Maoists even carried out a unilateral ceasefire for a month to pave the way for talks. But all governments have been betraying… by unilaterally continuing attacks while the Maoists put their arms on hold, the rebel leader alleged.