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The annihilation tactic was also disapproved. Peking's initial support to the tactic was based on a misunderstanding. It had thought that the CPI(ML) had taken the idea from Mao's concept of the war of annihilation. But from the July 1970 issue of Liberation, Peking found that annihilation in the CPI(ML) parlance meant secret assassination. The CPI(ML) was left in little doubt that their party lacked an agrarian programme. (The CPl(ML) had ridiculed the Andhra Pradesh Revolutionary Communist Committee led by T Nagi Reddy for pointing out this deficiency at the very outset and for contending that armed struggle began initially as part of the agrarian struggle and only eventually became the struggle for seizure of state power.) The Chinese leadership made clear that in their view without mass struggle and mass organisation, peasant armed struggle cannot be sustained. In short, while the Chinese leadership held the general orientation of the CPI(ML) correct, it pointed out that the specifics were wrong.

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