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Maoists helped Cong win power, says PCC chief

Maoists helped Cong win power, says PCC chief

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Times of India, Hyderabad
Date: January 19, 2005

The Congress bounced back to power in Andhra Pradesh with the assistance of the naxalites and the government won't do anything to put the peace process in jeopardy, Pradesh Congress Committee chief K. Keshava Rao said here on Tuesday.

During brief interaction with reporters here, Rao condemned the encounters of last week and said they have put MLAs in the grip of fear.

Expressing deep concern over the naxalites' decision not to return to the negotiating table, the Pradesh Congress Committee chief said: "The Congress party and the government are committed to resolving the naxalite problem."

He urged the Maoist leadership to return to talks.

Refusing to take any further questions, Rao said there was no change in the party's stand as far as the naxalite problem was concerned. He said both the party and the government viewed the problem as a socio-economic one, which needed to be resolved quickly.

The government, he said, had made its intentions clear by starting the talks process soon after returning to power and, consequently, one round of talks had been held.

It was in the process of implementing decisions taken in the first meeting before the second edition could begin.

The land distribution programme scheduled for January 26 was one such major initiative. This was the result of the first round of talks.

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