I'm ready to mediate with the Maoists: TMC MP

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Kolkata, Mar 12: Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman has agreed to mediate between the Maoists and Center, adding that he has no qualms about doing it.

"I am absolutely ready to mediate the process of dialogue if both the parties come forward and talk it out. I have no moral scruples being middleman between the Maoists and the centre," Suman, 60, said.

The former broadcast journalists said that the government must make efforts to talk with the Maoists to put an end to this mayhem.

"The entire ball is now in the government's court. If Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P Chidambaram want to talk to the Maoists to resolve the issue, I think the matter can be sorted out," said Suman.

However, Suman, who is believed to be close to the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist, condemned the Government's decision in launching Operation Green Hunt against Maoists.

"I don't know who this Kishenji is. I have never met him in my life. But I do believe that these tribals have a very strong reason to raise their voice against the ongoing state operations," said Suman

Stating that the tribals have a very strong reason to raise protest against the ongoing state offensive , Suman said that certain sections of people are using muscle power to eradicate the backward tribal population.

"I don't think the union government wants any bilateral talks with the Maoists. They have launched the security forces' operation in the tribal-dominated pockets of West Bengal and are torturing the local population there," he said.

The MP from the Jadavpur constituency has criticised his own party Trinamool Congress for not adopting a softer stance against the Naxals on several occasions.

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