Modi lights into Cong in Bas­tar for of­fer­ing sup­port to ‘ur­ban Maoists’

Rahul won­ders why PM did not flag de­mon­eti­sa­tion as an achieve­ment, hits out at govt

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI - EJAZ KAISER

AHEAD of the first phase of polling in Chhattisgarh, BJP and Con­gress big­gies tore into each other while ad­dress­ing ral­lies in dif­fer­ent parts of the state on Fri­day, rais­ing the po­lit­i­cal tem­per­a­ture a few notches.

While Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi called the grand old party a “sup­porter of ur­ban Maoists who let tribal chil­dren hold guns in­stead of pens”, Con­gress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi threw cor­rup­tion charges on Modi and Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh hop­ing the dirt would stick.

In his first pub­lic rally at Lal­bagh ground in Jag­dalpur, the district head­quar­ters of Maoistin­fested Bas­tar, Modi claimed only the BJP had en­sured de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion. Crit­i­cis­ing the Con­gress for tak­ing a sym­pa­thetic view of the Maoists by la­belling them rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, he asked whether that party should be for­given for its stand.

De­scrib­ing Maoists as mon­sters with evil mind­set, he said: “Bomb, guns and vi­o­lence can­not be the so­lu­tion. We have to walk on the path of peace and ful­fil the dreams of the peo­ple of Bas­tar re­gion.” Al­leg­ing that dur­ing UPA I and II, the Con­gress govern­ment at the Cen­tre de­lib­er­ately mis­con­strued and mis­guided the de­vel­op­ment works of the Ra­man govern­ment, he said the CM per­sisted and de­liv­ered.

Later, Rahul poked Modi at a rally at Don­gar­garh, about 90 km west of Raipur: “To­day the PM

We have to cre­ate a new Bas­tar for bet­ter fu­ture of youth and women. It’s be­cause peo­ple have given the BJP a chance that there is progress in Chhattisgarh

Naren­dra Modi, Prime Min­is­ter

vis­ited Jag­dalpur but didn’t say any­thing on de­mon­eti­sa­tion and not a word on Gab­bar Singh Tax (GST) and cor­rup­tion. Why? Peo­ple would have made fun of him had he claimed de­mon­eti­sa­tion was an achieve­ment.”

Ear­lier, Rahul had ad­dressed a poll rally at tribal dom­i­nated Pakah­n­jore in Kanker district (north Bas­tar) and did a road

I won’t make tall prom­ises, but the Con­gress will waive farm loans af­ter com­ing to power and fill va­cant posts of teach­ers and lec­tur­ers in the state

Rahul Gandhi, Con­gress pres­i­dent

show at Ra­j­nandgaon - Ra­man Singh’s con­stituency where Karuna Shukla, niece of for­mer PM Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee is the Con­gress can­di­date.

Charg­ing that the Con­gress treated trib­als as mere vote banks, Modi said: “It was the Va­j­payee govern­ment that cre­ated a sep­a­rate de­part­ment and a min­istry for the trib­als.”

While Rahul re­leased the Con­gress man­i­festo on Fri­day, BJP chief Amit Shah is slated to un­veil his party’s man­i­festo on Sun­day. The first phase of polling in the re­gion will hap­pen on Mon­day.

HE pledged to vot­ers that if the Con­gress formed a govern­ment in Chhattisgarh, the party would en­sure a so­lu­tion for “all trou­bles faced by farm­ers, young­sters, traders, women and other seg­ments of the so­ci­ety un­der the present regime”.

On the Rafale fighter jet “scam”, Gandhi again at­tacked Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi al­leg­ing that the deal was changed to as­sist Anil Am­bani, who owns Re­liance De­fence, which is part of the joint ven­ture be­tween In­dia and France.

“I am not here to of­fer you big, fake prom­ises and de­cep­tive as­sur­ances. I will say what the Con­gress will com­ply with af­ter com­ing to power,” he said and re­it­er­ated that his party would waive-off farm­ers’ loans, pro­vide them with the bonus amount, fill the va­cant posts of teach­ers and lec­tur­ers and put an end to “out­sourc­ing through which the BJP are plac­ing their peo­ple in the job”, among other things.

The Con­gress pres­i­dent fur­ther al­leged that the Ra­man Singh govern­ment was of­fer­ing “po­lit­i­cal pa­tron­age to chit fund com­pa­nies who were work­ing in col­lu­sion with the govern­ment, ow­ing to which, the com­pa­nies had duped in­vestors and fled with over `5,000 crore”.

As many 161 chit fund com­pa­nies are ac­cused of cheat­ing in­vestors dur­ing the past nine years, but the BJP govern­ment didn’t take any ac­tion against them, al­leged the Con­gress pres­i­dent in his rally.

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