PM Modi accuses Congress of backing urban Maoists in Chhattisgarh
In his first election rally in the State, Modi said he will work for the Naxal-infested Bastar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of backing urban Maoists who, he said, have ruined the lives of poor adivasi youth.
Addressing his first election rally for the State Assembly polls scheduled later this month, Modi also said the Congress makes “fun” of adivasis (tribals).
“I don’t know why the Congress makes fun of adivasis. Once I had gone for a rally in the north-east and wore a traditional adivasi headgear, but the Congress leaders made fun of it. This was an insult to adivasi culture,” he said.
Modi said he will not rest till he fulfils late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dreams of a prosperous Chhattisgarh, adding the Congress-led government did not do enough to develop the Naxal-infested Bastar region, citing the Maoist menace as an excuse.
“The urban Maoists who live in air-conditioned homes in the cities and whose children study abroad, remote-control the adivasi children in the Naxal-dominated areas,” Modi said.
“I want to ask the Congress why it supports the urban Maoists when the government takes action against them, and come to Bastar and speak against Naxalism,” he said. Describing Naxals as “monsters with an evil mindset”, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally in Bastar district, Chhattisgarh, on Friday
Prime Minister said the earlier governments did not do enough for the development of Bastar.
“Will you forgive such people? These people will not win Chhattisgarh. I appeal to you to ensure that BJP wins all seats in the Bastar region. If anyone else wins, it will be a
blot on Bastar’s dreams,” he added.
Modi said no other Prime Minister visited Bastar as often as he did. “I have not come empty-handed, but given you some scheme and development programme. We are working hard to eradicate unemployment, poverty and hunger from the region. Previously, there were resources but nothing happened,” he said.
Modi said he wanted to serve the people of Chhattisgarh and fulfil Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dreams of a prosperous State.
“I will not rest till I fulfil his dreams. Chhattisgarh is now 18 years old. There are different dreams and aspirations of 18year-olds now,” he said.
Congress speaks of Dalits, deprived sections and tribals, but the party considers them as vote-banks and not as human beings, he said.
“Do you want a government which works or one which stops development work,” he said.
Elections to the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will be held in two phases on November 12 and November 20 respectively.