Naxalism flourished under the non-BJP Govts due to political instability, says PM at a poll rally in J’khand
MOUNTING a blistering attack on the Congress-JMM-RJD alliance in Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged on Monday their “self-seeking” past Governments were driven by the “lust for power” and exploited the mineral-rich State’s resources while neglecting its people. He also accused the previous Congress Governments at the Centre of procrastinating resolution of the Kashmir tangle and the vexed Ayodhya dispute.
“This election is a contest between those who serve and those who loot. The Congress has problems, we have the solutions. They have accusations, we have the report of the work we have done. They have empty promises, we have the proof of development,” Modi told a poll rally in Daltonganj, his first ahead of the State Assembly elections. At another election rally in Gumla, the PM said when people would vote for the ‘Lotus’ (BJP’s poll symbol) once again, “I believe the backbone of Naxalism will break completely.” “The (State) Government, the security forces and all of you have made so many efforts that Gumla and its adjoining areas are now almost free from naxalism,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister also expressed happiness at the return of more and more youths to the mainstream, under the State’s surrender policy. Raising the issue of forest rights of tribals, he asserted, “The BJP is committed to protecting your right to ‘Jal, Jungle, Jameen’ (water, forest and land). He said a district mineral fund has been set up by the Centre to ensure that the benefits from resources mined in tribal areas reach the people there. Jharkhand has received Rs 5,000 crore from that fund, Prime Minister said.