Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a rally in Chhattisgarh’s Surajpur district, accused the Congress of inadequately addressing the issue of Naxalism. He contended that whenever Congress comes to power at the Centre, it emboldens Naxalites and terrorists. During his speech, Modi also criticized Chhattisgarh’s Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel regarding the Mahadev betting app scandal.
Modi pointed out the alleged prevalence of betting activities and said that many refer to Baghel as ‘Kaka’ in the state. The Prime Minister expressed concern for the welfare of tribals, suggesting that Congress had neglected them.
Modi’s Accusations Congress and the Naxalism Issue
He asserted, “Whenever Congress takes control of the country, the courage of terrorists and Naxalites surges. Incidents of bomb blasts and violence become frequent.” He added that where the Congress is in power, crime and looting tend to prevail.
Modi further criticized Congress for failing to combat Naxalite violence in Chhattisgarh and lamented recent incidents involving party workers being abducted and a party leader’s tragic shooting. He emphasized the importance of security for all citizens, calling for the removal of Congress from every corner and polling booth.
Modi’s Claims of Empowering Naxalites
Regarding the Mahadev betting app case, Modi accused Chief Minister Baghel of being involved in the scandal and referenced a bribe allegation of Rs 500 crore made on national television. The scandal, he claimed, was gaining attention nationally and internationally.
The first phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, where 20 out of 90 seats are contested, took place on November 7.