Congress Backs ‘Urban Maoists’, Says PM Modi in Jagdalpur Rally
Says his govt working to end unemployment, poverty and hunger from the region
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