Cong sup­ports ur­ban Maoists: PM

Millennium Post - - Nation - JATIN TAKKAR

JADGALPUR: De­scrib­ing Maoists as “mon­sters with evil mind­set”, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Fri­day ac­cused the Congress of back­ing “ur­ban nax­als” who, he said, were “re­mote-con­trol­ling” the Maoist in­sur­gency in this re­gion and ru­in­ing the lives of poor trib­als.

The Congress hit back at Modi and ac­cused him of in­dulging in his “trade­mark petty pol­i­tics” and seek­ing to hide his “ab­ject fail­ure and weak-kneed” ap­proach to fight­ing Nax­al­ism. The party spokesper­son Ran­deep Sur­je­w­ala also re­minded Modi that the Congress lost over 25 of its lead­ers to Naxal at­tack in 2013.

Ad­dress­ing his first elec­tion rally in in­sur­gency-hit Bas­tar dis­trict in poll-bound Ch­hat­tis­garh, Modi also said the Congress was mak­ing “fun” of Adi­va­sis. Bas­tar goes to vote on Mon­day as part of the first phase of the two-phase Assem­bly polls. Ur­ban nax­als is a term used to de­scribe city- based sup­port­ers work­ing in al­leged front or­gan­i­sa­tions of proscribed Maoist out­fits.

Modi’s com­ments came a day af­ter four civil­ians and a CISF jawan were killed when sus­pected Nax­als blew up a bus with an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (IED) in Ch­hat­tis­garh’s Dan­te­wada dis­trict in a fresh wave of Maoist at­tacks.

On Oc­to­ber 30, three po­lice per­son­nel and a cam­era­man of na­tional broad­caster Do­or­dar­shan were killed in Dan­te­wada dis­trict. Modi also said that vot­ing for any­one apart from the BJP would be a “blot on the dreams of Bas­tar”.

Go­ing all out to de­nounce the Maoists, Modi said they were de­stroy­ing schools and not al­low­ing doc­tors to treat peo­ple. “Those who are giv­ing guns in the hands of kids in place of the pen are ac­tu­ally mon­sters with evil mind­set. They are de­stroy­ing schools and not let­ting doc­tors per­form their duty,” the prime min­is­ter said. He also went on to al­lege that “ur­ban nax­als” were re­mote-con­trol­ling the Maoist in­sur­gency in the re­gion.

“The ur­ban Maoists, who live in air-con­di­tioned homes in the ci­ties and whose chil­dren study abroad, re­mote con­trol Adi­vasi chil­dren in Nax­al­dom­i­nated areas,” Modi said.

“I want to ask the Congress why it sup­ports ur­ban Mao- ists when the gov­ern­ment takes ac­tion against them,” he added.

He asked peo­ple to vote for the BJP and en­sure that it wins all seats in Bas­tar, adding that “if any­one else wins, it will be a blot on Bas­tar’s dreams”.

“I don’t know why Congress makes fun of Adi­va­sis. Once I had gone for a rally in North­East In­dia and wore a tra­di­tional Adi­vasi head­gear but Congress lead­ers made fun of it. This was an in­sult to Adi­vasi cul­ture,” he said.

He said the BJP gov­ern­ment in the state, led by chief min­is­ter Ra­man Singh, had ush­ered in a new era of devel­op­ment in Bas­tar while ear­lier gov­ern­ments did noth­ing for the re­gion de­spite hav­ing funds.

He said that Nax­al­ism needed to be stamped out to pave way for devel­op­ment, adding that the BJP wanted to strengthen Bas­tar and root out un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and hunger. “This is the rea­son I have come here. This is our re­spon­si­bil­ity be­cause you have re­posed that faith in us,” he told the gath­er­ing.

The prime min­is­ter said he wanted to ful­fil late Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee’s dream of a pros­per­ous Ch­hat­tis­garh and “will not rest” till he achieved it.

Speak­ing about his mul­ti­ple vis­its to the re­gion, Modi said, “I have never come empty-handed but have given you some scheme or devel­op­ment pro­gramme.

We are work­ing hard to erad­i­cate un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and hunger from the re­gion. Pre­vi­ously, there were re­sources but noth­ing hap­pened.”

PTI

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing an elec­tion rally at Jag­dalpur, in Bas­tar dis­trict, on Fri­day

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