Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has welcomed the return of a group of Naxalites to main stream politics saying that the role reversal would strengthen the democratic system in the country.
“A section of Naxalites in West Bengal has shunned violence and joined main stream politics by reposing their faith in democracy. This is a good sign for strengthening the democracy in the country,” the Railway Minister said.
She said that many former rebels are now with the TC and that they had worked with TC workers whole heartedly during the last Lok Sabha elections.
“People like Purnendu Bose, Dola Sen, Pradeep Banerjee and many more former Naxalites are very much with us and we welcome their return to democratic politics,” she said.
In response to query about since when they are with TC, Banerjee said, “it all started during the Singur agitation. They came forward and supported us.”
She also differentiated between Naxalites and Maoists and said, “Naxalites are not Maoists. So do not confuse them with Maoists.”
On CPI(M) allegation that she is getting support from Maoists, she said, “it is the otherway around. Everybody knows who supported the Maoist movement in Nepal.”
On the by-election results, she said, “it is people’s mandate. People voted them (CPI-M) out and I have no role.” Ruling out any possibility of merging with Congress, she said we will have an well-knit alliance with the party (in the 2011 West Bengal Assembly polls).”