In poll-bound Chhattisgarh, PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi trade barbs over Maoists, demonetisation

New Delhi, Nov 9: With just a couple of days left for the first phase of the legislative assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, the BJP and the Congress have kicked off an intense campaign run with bigwigs from both parties making a beeline for the state.
Addressing a rally in Jagdalpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of backing “urban Maoists” who he claimed to have ruined the lives of the local tribal population.
“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,” PM 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.
His remarks come days after the state witnessed a spurt in Maoist attacks in the poll-bound state. On October 27, four CRPF men were killed when a mobile bunker was attacked in Bijapur district. Three days later, a DD cameraperson and two policemen died in a Maoist ambush in Dantewada. On Wednesday, Maoists in Usur set ablaze a bus after getting the passengers to disembark.
“A brave and innocent cameraman from DD, Achutyanand Sahu was killed by Maoists. Recently our valiant jawans were also martyred in an encounter with Maoists, and for Congress party these Maoists are revolutionaries? What sort of vocabulary is this?” Modi said while castigating the Congress. He went on to say, “For ten years, Congress was at the Centre, but they never paid attention to the needs of Chhattisgarh and blocked all development for the state. They never thought of the region’s progress.”
Describing Naxals as “monsters with the evil mindset”, PM Modi 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.” (Agencies)