C’garh is al­most Naxal- free due to BJP, says Shah

The Asian Age - - Front Page - RABINDRA NATH CHOUD­HURY

BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Satur­day de­clared that Ch­hat­tis­garh is “al­most Naxal- free” due to the ef­forts of the rul­ing BJP and tar­geted the Op­po­si­tion Con­gress, say­ing a party which thinks that the rebel move­ment is a medium for revo­lu­tion can never do any good for the state.

Ad­dress­ing an elec­tion meet­ing at Ra­j­nandgaon in Ch­hat­tis­garh, Mr Shah said in­ci­dents of Naxal vi­o­lence have wit­nessed a down­ward trend in the past sev­eral years and cred­ited the Ra­man Singh gov­ern­ment for de­vel­op­ing the state as a hub of power and ce­ment pro­duc­tion. He also cred­ited the state gov­ern­ment for help­ing Ch­hat­tis­garh get rid of the “sick state” tag.

“Ch­hat­tis­garh is now

Rahul does not know any­thing about Ch­hat­tis­garh. Peo­ple of Ch­hat­tis­garh do not take him se­ri­ously. He is sort of an en­ter­tain­ment for them. — Ra­man Singh,

C’garh CM

al­most Naxal- free,” he said, re­leas­ing the party’s man­i­festo for the state where the BJP has been in power for three suc­ces­sive terms, since 2003.

Fig­ures on Naxal vi­o­lence and ca­su­al­ties in the Bas­tar re­gion in­di­cate that over the past three years more rebels have been killed in the state as com­pared to se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

In 2016, 222 Nax­als were gunned down while the se­cu­rity forces lost 65 men in op­er­a­tions against the rebels.

In 2017, 150 Nax­als were killed as against 74 se­cu­rity per­son­nel. In 2018, so far 21 Nax­als have been killed as com­pared to 16 jawans. At the peak of Nax­al­ism in 2010, 277 se­cu­rity per­son­nel were killed as com­pared to 172 Nax­als.

Mr Shah blamed pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments un­der the Con­gress for fail­ure to curb the Naxal in­sur­gency and ne­glect­ing the re­gion.

“Chief min­is­ter Ra­man Singh has launched de­ter­mined ef­forts to free the en­tire Bas­tar re­gion of the Maoist prob­lem,” he said, adding, “Bas­tar will de­velop very fast once the re­gion is free of in­sur­gency prob­lem com­pletely.”

At­tack­ing the Con­gress,

◗ BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah blamed pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments un­der the Con­gress for fail­ure to curb the Naxal in­sur­gency and ne­glect­ing the re­gion

Mr Shah said, “A party that feels Nax­al­ism is a medium for revo­lu­tion can­not do any good for Ch­hat­tis­garh.”

Mr Shah was re­fer­ring to Ut­tar Pradesh Con­gress pres­i­dent Raj Bab­bar’s re­marks last week in which he had re­port­edly said that Nax­als have launched a “revo­lu­tion” that can­not be stopped through guns and the is­sue should be re­solved through talks.

Mr Shah said that for the BJP, revo­lu­tion means pro­vid­ing gas con­nec­tions, elec­tric­ity, ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment to the poor and de­prived sec­tions of the so­ci­ety.

“The Con­gress ruled the coun­try for 55 years, but it is the BJP which is work­ing hard to en­sure that the fruits of de­vel­op­ment reach the last per­son in so­ci­ety,” said Mr Shah.

As many as 18 Assem­bly con­stituen­cies, in­clud­ing Ra­j­nandgaon from where chief min­is­ter Ra­man Singh is seek­ing re- elec­tion for the third time, are go­ing to polls in the first phase of elec­tions in Ch­hat­tis­garh on Novem­ber 12. Cam­paign­ing for the first phase of vot­ing came to an end on Satur­day. The rest 72 seats will go to polls in the sec­ond phase of vot­ing on Novem­ber 20.

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