Cong sup­ports ur­ban Maoists: Modi

Says Cong did not do enough to de­velop Bas­tar

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JAG­DALPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi 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 Bi­hari 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. 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 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

PTI

■ Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing an elec­tion rally at Jag­dalpur, in Bas­tar, on Fri­day.

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