Mamata Banerjee, Maoists' next target?

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Kolkata, Sept 27: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Sunday, Sept 25 said that she is Maoists's next target for assassination. She also claimed that Union Minister Mukul Roy and other TMC leaders are also under threat.

"A few days back, some Maoists were seen around my house. They threatened to kill me. They have also threatened to kill Mukul and my party leader Srikanta Mahato. A few days back they held a rally in Junglemahal where a Maoist leader said all Trinamool leaders are their targets," Banerjee said.

Banerjee, after coming into power in Bengal, tried to make peaceful negotiations with the Maoists, but response from the latter has been negative. "We had a commitment. We wanted negotiations for a peaceful solution to the problem. But now I personally feel no negotiations are possible. When we are trying to create an atmosphere for talks, they are trying to break such negotiations. Peace cannot be a one way process," a fuming Banerjee said.

"In the name of Maoism they have killed all leaders from other parties who were active in those areas. We want development, we want to give jobs, food to the poor people of Junglemahal (Maoist affected forested stretches in the state's western districts). Why are they not allowing us? They actually have no feelings for the poor," she said.

She warned the Maoists that she would not be cowed down by murders of Trinamool activists. "We will fight those who are misleading people. We will fight them not with arms, but politically, democratically and for peace and development," she said.

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