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
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.