The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday came down heavily on the Congress and accusing the party of backing ‘urban naxals’ who misguide the youth. He was addressing his first election rally in Chhattisgarh, the state which will conduct assembly elections in two days.
“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.
The first phase of polling in the state will be held on November 12 where 18 seats of eight Naxal-affected districts will vote.
Describing Naxals as ‘monsters with evil mindset’, the Prime Minister said earlier governments did not do enough for development of Bastar region. The Naxals handed over guns, in place of pens, in the hands of children, he said.
“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 also said he will not rest till he fulfills late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dreams for a prosperous Chhattisgarh.
“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. “A brave and innocent cameraman from DD, Achutyanand Sahu was killed by Maoists. Recently our valiant jawans were also martyred in encounter with Maoists for Congress party these Maoists are revolutionaries? What sort of vocabulary is this?” Modi said.
Poll campaigning for the first phase in the state is in full swing with the Congress President Rahul Gandhi also holding rallies in Chhattisgarh. PM Modi will also hold a roadshow in Chief Minister Raman Singh’s constituency Rajnandgaon.
In 2013 assembly polls BJP had lost 12 of the 18 seats for which voting will be held on Nov 12. The remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls on November 20 and counting of votes will be held on December 11.
A total of 1,291 candidates are in the fray for the two phased state polls.
In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP had won 49 seats, Congress 39, BSP 1 and Independent 1 in the 90-member House.
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