Niece of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Congress leader from Chhattisgarh, Karuna Shukla has launched a scathing attack on incumbent CM Raman Singh, accusing him of misusing the funds given to him by the Centre for ending Maoism and Naxalism.
Speaking to Republic TV on the day when the first phase of polls in the state began, Shukla, previously with BJP, mentioned that the CM has no interest to end the menace, and only wants to use the funds provided to him for his own benefit. She said,
"Congress' stand is clear on Maoists and Naxals. Whenever an attack takes place, Raman Singh only speaks of four things. He doesn't want to end Naxalism. When we got Chhattisgarh from Madhya Pradesh, there was Naxalism only in four places. Today it has increased to 22 areas. And Raman Singh isn't ending Naxalism because the areas in which it exists, because the fund which comes from Centre, they don't get audited. So how does he use the funds without audited, you yourself can figure out."
The former BJP leader, who joined Congress in 2014, also maintained that the statement by her colleague Raj Babbar, who had termed Moaists as 'revolutionaries', was misinterpreted.
"No it is wrong. Raj Babbar can never say anything like this. It was misinterpreted. And regarding the former VP Ghanaram Sahu, he wanted ticket for himself. And if he wasn't getting it, he wanted his son to get it. BJP always lie, make something out of nothing," she added.
On the possibility of her party coming to power, having seen BJP rule the state since the past 15 years, Karuna Shukla said, "I am fully confident. Public has now rejected Raman Singh's antics since the last 15 years. The people of this state want a change. And in Rajnandgaon also, there will be a change. Raman Singh hasn't done any such work which will make public vote for them."
The first phase of Chhattisgarh 2018 elections for 18 constituencies was held on Monday, with a voter turnout reported to be 70%. The second phase of the polls will take place on November 20, with the result coming out on December 11.
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