Modi blasts ‘urban Naxals’; Rahul flays note ban, GST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into Naxalites at an election rally in the so-called red corridor on Friday, a day after they gunned down four civilians and a member of the Central Industrial Security Force in Dantewada.
At the rally, held in the divisional headquarters at Bastar three days before it goes to polls in the first phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh on 12 November, Modi also claimed that “urban Naxals” and the Congress were tacitly supporting Naxalites. Modi said “urban Naxals” were “remote controlling” Naxalites in Chhattisgarh—a state with large tribal populations living in mineral-rich and forested regions.
“The tribal children should be studying, but instead the Naxals hand them weapons and destroy their lives. Urban Naxals stay in cities and have luxurious lives, their children are well-educated, but they remote control the lives of adivasi (tribal) children and destroy their lives. The Congress should respond why they stand up for the ‘urban Naxals’. If the government prosecutes them, the Congress stands up for them and here they denounce Naxalism,” Modi said.
“The Naxals had killed adivasi leaders who were working for the development of Bastar. Even today the Congress leaders don’t have a response to that. Doordarshan journalist Achyutanand Sahu was working to capture the state’s development on camera. But the Naxals killed him in cold blood,” Modi said, urging the people to vote on 12 November.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds six of the 18 assembly constituencies going to polls in the first phase. The Congress holds the remaining 12. The BJP aims to make inroads in districts affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE), with Bastar’s Sukma, Dantewada, Bijapur, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon going to polls on Monday.
Modi took a dig at the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments and said that though finances were available to them, the funds were controlled by “a select few rich
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi address poll rallies in Chhattisgarh on Friday.