A day after PM Modi took on the Congress party for terming the Maoists as 'revolutionaries' while addressing an election rally in Chhattisgarh, Raj Babbar has come out and said that he stands by his statement. In an interaction with the media on Saturday, actor-turned-politician indirectly mounted a scathing attack on PM Modi and said:
"I will again say what I have said before. Revolution happen with ideas and behaviour, with weapon comes terrorism. Rights are gained by ballot not bullets. With bullets comes terrorism. I have said it earlier whatever they call themselves, you may name them as you like, but that deed should be done. If you want to revolutionize, do it with ideas and with behaviour. I am not crazy. The prominent leaders of the party were attacked by the bullets. These are not just words, it's a warning, by using such words they are insulting the revolutionaries. It's important for people who talk about revolution. If you remember I have said this previously that people who go astray and pick up weapons, they become terrorists. By using these words and if media is using the same words to prove that I have naming them. I have said it earlier that media will show everything in their favour."
Earlier on Friday, PM Modi while speaking on the developmental projects in the Chhattisgarh which has been beset by constant Maoist activities, said:
"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 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.
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.'
The attack from PM comes after Congress leader Raj Babbar while addressing a press briefing, referred to Maoists as 'revolutionaries' while suggesting that the 'crisis in Chhattisgarh will not be resolved by bullets but through talks'.
“Which government? Is there even a government here? There is government run by Gujaratis and Mumbaikars. This government is for their benefit only. I must clarify one thing, the issue cannot be solved with those (Maoists) revolutionaries by indulging into violent activities. We have to address their questions. You cannot stop those revolutionaries by increasing fear in their minds or bribing them. This is opinion and I have already suggested it to my party," Raj Babbar had said.
These remarks by the leaders of BJP and Congress party came in the wake of the recent Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada, which saw 3 CRPF personnel and a Doordarshan News video journalist being martyred.