Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a visit to poll-bound Chhattisgarh on Friday, addressed a mega rally in the Jagdalpur district of the state. While speaking on the developmental projects in the state which has been beset by constant Maoist activities, PM Modi took on the Congress party for terming the Maoists as 'revolutionaries'.
"I always come to fulfill my responsibility here. We want to eradicate poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition from Chhattisgarh. This is our job to do these task because you all have given us the responsibility. The governments that have come before had only one ideology - yours or mine, my caste, my relative, my family. Their thinking revolved around these people only. We have changed this perspective. No differences between anyone or anything - we have broken all the barriers of divide politics and came up only one mantra - Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas."
Later taking a stand on the recent Maoists attacks in Chhattisgarh, the Prime Minister expressed his discontent on the damage caused by the Maoists in several parts of the state:
"Kids who should have had pencils in their hands, these people(Maoists) give guns in their hands. They ruin their lives and destroy the dreams of their parents. These people with destructive ideology burn schools and damage hospitals. You must have seen there are urban naxals who are living in cities in air conditioned houses, look cleans and their children live in abroad but they ruined kids of rural areas. There are political parties who are helping urban naxals but giving gyaans in rural areas against Maoists. Can we forgive such poeple?"
PM Modi also spoke about his desire to fulfill the dreams of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the development of the minorities in the country, especially in Chhattisgarh. He said, It was Atal Bihari Vajpayee who took the first initiative to recognize the Dalits and tribals. I have come to fulfill it and will come time and again until it is fulfilled.
Furthermore, launching a scathing attack on the Congress party for not paying much attention towards the development of Chhattisgarh during the UPA years, stated that 'Congress always considers the poor, dalits, tribals and the marginalised as their vote-bank. Congress also mocks the tribals- their clothes, their culture, their dance form.'
He went onto speak about the recent Maoists attack in which a Doordarshan video journalist and CRPF jawans were martyred in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada. PM Modi questioned Congress for supporting the Maoists and regarding them as revolutionaries, as Raj Babbar did:
"A cameraman from DD news and Jawans of our security forces were killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh. What was his mistake? He was unarmed. But he was killed. Our Jawans have martryed by the Maoists. But shamefully the congress called them 'krantikari'(revolutionary). Do you accept it?"