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The Maoists have come out strongly against the NRC exercise in Assam and described it as unacceptable BJP threats to throw out those not included in the register.

In a rare press statement, the Eastern Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) said that it would oppose attempts “to create a large body of  exploitable labour totally denied the rights of Citizens.”

The statement attacked the country ‘s ruling BJP for creating divisions in the society and creating a climate of fear.

“The NRC exercise has created panic in not only Assam but in other eastern states where the BJP wants to replicate the process.  People have to fight these nefarious designs,” the Maoist press statement said.

This is the first time the Eastern Bureau of the underground party has issued a statement after the death of their former military wing chief Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji in 2011 in a clash with police in Bengal ‘s Jhargram forests.

The party’s grip in the area has considerably weakened after Kishenji ‘s death.

BJP West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh has said the Maoist statement is  “a replica of the Trinamul line” on the issue, hinting that this may have been inspired by West Bengal’s ruling party .

Trinamul minister Suvendu Adhikari denied the allegation of his party’s link with the Maoists, saying the rebels have been neutralized during their tenure.

During a recent meeting in Calcutta, union home minister Rajnath Singh raised the issue of a possible resurgence in Maoist activity with chief ministers of the eastern states.

Subir Bhaumik

Subir Bhaumik is a Kolkata-based senior journalist. He can be reached at: sbhaum@gmail.com

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