Congress sup­ports ur­ban Maoists: Modi

■ Modi said he will not rest till he ful­fils late Atal Be­hari Va­j­payee’s dreams for 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

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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 Congress makes “fun” of adi­va­sis (trib­als). “I don’t know why Congress makes fun of adi­va­sis. Once I had gone for a rally in North-East In­dia and wore a tra­di­tional adi­vasi head­gear but Congress lead­ers made fun of it. This was an in­sult of adi­vasi cul­ture,” he said.

Modi said he will not rest till he ful­fils late Atal Be­hari Va­j­payee’s dreams for 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, look clean 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 evil mind­set”, the Prime Min­is­ter said ear­lier Gov­ern­ments did not do enough

for devel­op­ment of Bas­tar re­gion. “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.

“I will not rest till I ful­fil his dreams. Ch­hat­tis­garh is now 18 years old. There are dif­fer­ent dreams and as­pi­ra­tions of 18 year 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 works,” he said.

Modi said his Gov­ern­ment has never dis­crim­i­nated among peo­ple. “Pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ments did that. Our Gov­ern­ment works for devel­op­ment of all,” he said.

Elec­tions to the 90-mem­ber Ch­hat­tis­garh Assem­bly will be held in two phases on No­vem­ber 12 and No­vem­ber 20. Modi paid trib­utes to na­tional broad­caster Do­or­dar­shan’s cam­era­man Achyu­tanand Sahu, who was killed by Nax­als last month in Ch­hat­tis­garh, even as he ac­cused the op­po­si­tion Congress of shield­ing “ur­ban Maoists”.

“An in­no­cent cam­era­man of Do­or­dar­shan, Achyu­tanand Sahu, who was do­ing his duty was killed by Maoists. He was shar­ing the dreams of peo­ple of Bas­tar with other peo­ple across the coun­try, what was his fault?” Modi asked.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Chief Min­is­ter Dr Ra­man Singh along with BJP can­di­dates con­test­ing from Bas­tar re­gion.

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