Congress sup­port­ing Maoists, ru­in­ing lives of trib­als: Modi

Start­ing his poll cam­paign in C’garh, PM says if govt acts against the ul­tras, Cong tries to save them

Mid Day - - Nation -

JAG­DALPUR: Kick­start­ing his elec­tion cam­paign in Ch­hat­tis­garh, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Fri­day ac­cused the Congress of sym­pa­this­ing with Maoists and call­ing them “rev­o­lu­tion­ary” and ru­in­ing the lives of trib­als.

“You peo­ple must have seen the Ur­ban Maoists, seated in air-con­di­tioned rooms in cities, who look good, are in good com­pany and en­joy sta­tus,” he told a pub­lic rally here ahead of the first phase of the twophase elec­tion in the state on Mon­day. “But while seated there, through re­mote con­trol, they ruin the lives of the tribal chil­dren here,” the Prime Min­is­ter said, adding that a bunch of such peo­ple were con­test­ing elec­tions this time.

Modi ac­cused the Congress of sup­port­ing the Ur­ban Maoists and said, “If the gov­ern­ment acts against them, then you (Congress) try to save them.” He added that when the Congress comes to Ch­hat­tis­garh, “they speak about free­ing the state from Maoists”. “Should we for­give such peo­ple? Those who ruin your life, should we for­give them?” Modi asked the crowd.

Slam­ming the Congress for de­scrib­ing the Maoist as rev­o­lu­tion­ary, Modi said, “A cam­era­man from Do­or­dar­shan news was killed here a few days ago. He had come with a cam­era and not a gun. He came to share your dreams to the world through his cam­era but the Maoists killed him. They also killed three of our troop­ers as well. But shame­fully the Congress calls them rev­o­lu­tion­ary,” he al­leged.

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

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