NEW DELHI: A day after Prime MinisterNarendra Modi‘s
‘Urban Maoist’ jibe
+ at the Congress, BJP presidentAmit Shahand UP chief ministerYogi Adityanathon Saturday too trained guns at the party, accusing it of “supporting” Naxalites in Chhattisgarh.
Addressing an election rally in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur, the BJP president asked how the Congress can talk of encouraging development in the state and at the same time support Naxalites who are responsible for promoting violence in the region.
“How can the party, which sees Naxalites as revolutionaries, think for the benefit of the state,” Shah asked after releasing BJP’s election manifesto for poll-bound Chhattisgarh.
The BJP president credited chief minister Raman Singh for successfully tackling the Naxalite problem in the state. “Raman Singh’s government has changed the state in the past 15 years and has been successful in containing the Naxalites,” he added.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath reflected similar views at a seperate rally in Chhattisgarh.
“Congress had promoted Naxalism in this region for their own selfish motives. BJP government is taking strict measures to combat it (the problem),” Adityanath said in Chhattisgarh’s Lormi.
The UP chief minister further added that the Congress has never shied away from indulging in politics even if it came at the cost of national security.
“Congress toyed with national security for their political benefits. Be it Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, north-eastern states or Kashmir, it (Congress) did politics at the cost of national security. But for BJP, national security is the top priority. We never tolerated threat sto national security. No one has the liberty to toy with national security,” he said.
Yesterday, PM Modi had accused the Congress of supporting ‘Urban Maoists‘ at the cost of adivasis living in the state.
“Urban Maoists live in AC surroundings, move around in big cars and their children study abroad, but they ruin the lives of our poor adivasi youth here through remote control. Why is Congress supporting these Urban Maoists?” the Prime Minister had said.
Following PM Modi’s statement, the Congress had hit back , saying the PM is staring at defeat in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and is resorting to such remarks to hide his “abject failure” and “weak-kneed” approach towards fighting Naxalites.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala attacked the Prime Minister and said he made “pro-Naxalite comments” when he was Gujarat chief minister. He also targeted Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh over his remarks made in 2015 that Naxalites are “sons of the soil” and would be welcomed back in the mainstream as children.