Congress Backs ‘Ur­ban Maoists’, Says PM Modi in Jag­dalpur Rally

Says his govt work­ing to end un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and hunger from the re­gion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Our Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

New Delhi: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi launched his Ch­hat­tis­garh poll cam­paign on Fri­day, ac­cus­ing op­po­si­tion Congress of sup­port­ing Maoists liv­ing in cities even as it speaks against the Left-wing ex­trem­ists in Bas­tar.

“The ur­ban Maoists, who live in air con­di­tioned homes in the cities, look clean, roam around in fancy cars and whose chil­dren study abroad, re­mote-con­trol the Adi­vasi (tribal) chil­dren in Maoist­dom­i­nated ar­eas,” Modi al­leged dur­ing a pub­lic ad­dress in Jag­dalpur. “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?”

The Prime Min­is­ter also la­belled Congress as anti-de­vel­op­ment and a party that con­sid­ers Dal­its, and other de­prived and back­ward peo­ple as its vote bank. He thanked peo­ple of Ch­hat­tis­garh for vot­ing Congress out of power, and ac­cused the op­po­si­tion party of ru­in­ing the cen­tral In­dia state af­ter its cre­ation in 2000. “Will you for­give such peo­ple? These peo­ple will not win Ch­hat­tis­garh,” he said. “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.”

Out­lin­ing BJP's elec­tion campa- ign theme, which hinges on de­vel­op­ment and strong stand against Maoists, Modi said the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments did not do much for state to elim­i­nate un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and star­va­tion. That forced chil­dren to hold gun in­stead of pen due “evil men­tal­ity” of mon­ster Maoists. Maoists set fire to schools, which is a re­flec­tion of their evil men­tal­ity, he said.

Congress had swept the first phase of polls on 18 seats in the Maoist-dom­i­nated dis­tricts of Bas­tar and Ra­j­nanda­gaon in 2013, negat­ing the Modi wave that had helped BJP win the na­tional elec­tions com­fort­ably a few months later in 2014.

Of the 12 seats in the Bas­tar di­vi­sion, BJP could man­age to win only four in the last elec­tions, though it had won 11 out of 12 seats in the pre­vi­ous polls in 2008.

Modi de­scribed Ch­hat­tis­garh’s long­est serv­ing chief min­is­ter Ra­man Singh as his “friend” and vowed to walk shoul­der to shoul­der with him to re­alise for­mer prime min­is­ter Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee's dream of mak­ing Ch­hat­tis­garh a pros­per­ous state.

He al­leged that the pre­vi­ous Congress-led UPA gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre did not al­low Ra­man Singh to work, and claimed that his NDA gov­ern­ment has done much more for the state.

For in­stance, 30,000 km road has been con­structed to pro­vide con­nec­tiv­ity to 9,000 vil­lages in the state in the last four years of NDA regime, he said. In com­par­i­son in the ten years of UPA rule at the Cen­tre, only 20,000 km was added to the road net­work in the state, he claimed. The NDA gov­ern­ment has also built 3,000 km of Na­tional High­way so that the state could con­trib­ute to the na­tion’s pros­per­ity, Modi told the gath­er­ing. “Do you want a gov­ern­ment which works, or one which cre­ates hur­dles in work?” he asked the crowd.

In­di­cat­ing that he is him­self se­ri­ous about the re­gion's de­vel­op­ment, Modi said no other prime min­is­ter has vis­ited Bas­tar as much as he did. “I have not come empty handed but given you some scheme and de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme,” he said.

“We are work­ing hard to erad­i­cate un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and hunger from the re­gion. Pre­vi­ously there were re­sources, but noth­ing hap­pened.”

PM Naren­dra Modi with BJP lead­ers at Raipur air­port on Fri­day

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