Chidambaram offers talks to Maoists, says halt the violence

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 1 2009, 05:04am hrs
Reiterating the Centres stance asking the CPI (Maoist) to halt all acts of violence, home minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the Central government was ready to facilitate talks between them and state governments on all matters including land acquisition, forest rights and industrialisation.

Within hours, Left-wing insurgents rejected any possibility of negotiations with the government, making it clear that laying down arms meant a betrayal of the peoples interests. The Maoists said an agreement could be reached only if the Centre gave up its illogical and obstinate stand that they should abjure violence.

A senior leader of the CPI (Maoist), identified by the name Azad, said to be spokesperson of the groups central committee, issued a statement saying, we have taken up arms for the defence of the peoples rights and for achieving their liberation from all types of exploitation and oppression.

The violence must end. The statethe central government and the state governmentshave a duty to end the violence. It is with that objective that we have made a simple and straightforward appeal to the CPI (Maoist): Halt the violence. These are three simple words, and I do not see why they should be subjected to tortuous interpretation and analysis, Chidambaram said while presenting his ministrys report card for the month of October.