PM Modi ac­cuses Congress of back­ing ur­ban Maoists in Ch­hat­tis­garh

In his first elec­tion rally in the State, Modi said he will work for the Naxal-in­fested Bas­tar

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on 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 the Congress makes “fun” of adi­va­sis (trib­als).

“I don’t know why the Congress makes fun of adi­va­sis. Once I had gone for a rally in the north-east and wore a tra­di­tional adi­vasi head­gear, but the Congress lead­ers made fun of it. This was an in­sult to adi­vasi cul­ture,” he said.

Modi said he will not rest till he ful­fils late Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee’s dreams of 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 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 an evil mind­set”, the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing an elec­tion rally in Bas­tar dis­trict, Ch­hat­tis­garh, on Fri­day

Prime Min­is­ter said the ear­lier gov­ern­ments did not do enough for the devel­op­ment of Bas­tar.

“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 18year-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 work,” he said.

Elec­tions to the 90-mem­ber Ch­hat­tis­garh Assem­bly will be held in two phases on No­vem­ber 12 and No­vem­ber 20 re­spec­tively.

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