Describing Maoists as “monsters with evil mindset”,Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government had dared to go ahead with development projects in Maoist-affected parts of the state in face of a push back from Maoists and was determined to reach better facilities to people in Chhattisgarh that was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000.
PM Modi, who was speaking at his first election meeting for next week’s state elections in Maoist-affected parts of Bastar’s Jagdalpur, said Chhattisgarh has turned 18. Parents have to budget for their children once they become 18. All dreams revolve around the government in Delhi government doing that, knitting dreams for 18-year-old Chhattisgarh.
He accused the Congress of supporting urban Maoists who lead a comfortable life in cities but ruin the lives of poor tribals who are encouraged to take up arms against the government. He said the Congress had to answer to the people why it spoke in defence of urban Maoists. “Urban Maoists live in air-conditioned homes, study abroad, roam around in fancy cars but ruin lives of tribal youth here through a remote control. Why is Congress supporting these urban Maoists?” he said.
Condemning the recent murder of Doordarshan video journalists by Maoists in Dantewada, PM Modi said, ‘You must have seen that recently, people connected to our journalism world, a Doordarshan cameraman who was trying to bring out the voice of the people lost his life. He was killed by the Maoists. What was his crime? He was here for you, he did not come here with a gun but a camera. Two days ago, five of our jawans were martyred. These Maoists kill innocent people and Congress leaders call them revolutionaries, is this acceptable?’
Blaming previous governments run by the Congress of not doing enough for the Bastar region, PM Modi asked people to ensure that the BJP comes back to power.“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.
Lashing out at the Congress as just being a party of words and not action, the Prime Minister alleged that “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.”