Lalgarh, Aug 9: Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee requested the Maoists to come forward for peace talk and eschew violence.
Banerjee, in the rally in Maoist-hit area of West Midnapore district on Aug 9, promised to shower development goodies like renovating schools, setting up hospitals, colleges and a railway factory for giving employment to the local people.
She urged social activists like Swami Agnivesh, Medha Patkar and Mahashweta Devi, who wetre present in the rally, to mediate the discussions between the government and the rebel.
"Let the peace process start from today. Let negotiations begin. Let Bengal show the way to India, wherever there is disturbance and misunderstanding," said Banerjee.
Railway Minister urged the Maoists, "tell us when and where you will sit. We all want to sit. However, if my presence poses problems in the peace process, I won't mind if I am kept out of it."
"What happened is not right. Azad had reposed faith in the democratic process," said Banerjee criticizing the Maoists leader's cruel fate.
She also appealed to the left ultras not to hinder railway services as it badly hit the daily life of the common man.
Mamata, however, said that she did not support the Maoists' politics of violence and killings.
Banerjee asked the CPI-M and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee should think why the Lalgarh movement was on despite their 34-year rule.