Bastar, November 9: In the run-up to the upcoming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged people to teach a lesson to the Congress leaders in the upcoming polls in the state. While addressing a rally in Bastar district's Jagdalpur, the Prime Minister spoke about the BJP's efforts in the development of Bastar. Attacking the Opposition, Modi said the Congress leaders, on one hand, try to shield the urban Maoists, and on the other hand in Chhattisgarh, they speak about freeing the state from Maoists. Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: PM Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi to Hold Rallies & Roadshows in Poll Bound State.
Take a look at the key highlights of PM Modi's Bastar Rally:
- Launching a scathing attack on the Congress, the Prime Minister said the 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.
- Modi asked as to why is Congress supporting these Urban Maoists. "People in Congress have been born with a silver spoon, how will they know the sentiments of Adivasi?", Modi said.
- For 10 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", Modi added further.
- The Prime Minister said he wants to be that Prime Minister who would remember the food and the turban that my Adivasi brother put for him.
- The Prime Minister said he has no clue as to why the Congress makes fun of adivasis. "Once I had gone for a rally to the Northeast of our country and there had worn a traditional Adivasi headgear but Congress leaders made fun of that hat, it was an insult of Adivasi culture", he added.
- He said the Congress has always considered the poor, Dalits, tribals and the marginalised as their vote-bank.
- Taking a dig at the Congress over the killing of the DD news cameraman, Modi said a cameraman from DD news and jawans of our security forces were killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, but shamefully the Congress called them 'Krantikari'.
The elections in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases on November 12 and November 20. The first phase is to be held in the Maoist-affected constituencies of Bastar region. The state has been reeling under Left-wing extremism for decades now.