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Congress supports urban Maoists, says PM Modi in Chhattisgarh

The Prime Minister also said that he will not rest till he fulfils late Atal Bihari Vajpayee's dreams for a prosperous Chhattisgarh.

Jadgalpur: On Friday Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 Assembly
polls scheduled later this, PM Modi also said that he will not rest till he fulfils late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dreams for a prosperous Chhattisgarh.

Modi said the Congress-led government did not do enough to develop the Naxal-infested Bastar region citing the
Maoist menace. “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.

“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.

The PM also said, “Congress always considers the poor, dalits, tribals and the marginalised as their vote-bank. It was Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji who thought about their welfare and created a tribal affairs ministry.”

He added, “People in Congress have been born with a silver spoon, how will they know the sentiments of Adivasi?”

Describing Naxals as “monsters with evil mindset”, the Prime Minister said earlier governments did not do enough for development of Bastar region. “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.

On the other hand, Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed a public meeting at Pakhanjore on Friday. Rahul Gandhi attacked the BJP government over alleged inaction against insolvent businessmen who have “fled the country” in his poll address. Their visit comes a day after at least five people, including a security personnel, were killed after Maoists triggered an explosion in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Chhattisgarh next week in two phases on November 12 and November 20. The first phase is to be held in the Maoist-affected constituencies of Bastar region that falls in the southern part of the central Indian state.

(With inputs from PTI)

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