While addressing the public rally in Chhattisgarh’s Lormi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday alleged that the Congress toyed with national security and actively and covertly supported Naxalism in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand for political gains.
Yogi Adityanath said, “Despite having extensive mineral deposits and forest wealth, Chhattisgarh remained “poor, backward and a BIMARU state” during the Congress rule.” “Today, the forest wealth is being used for the welfare of locals. The tribals and forest dwellers are being given benefits of development schemes,” he added.
“The Congress encouraged Naxalism for its gains, but when it (Naxalism) became dangerous for the security of people, it was the BJP which had to deal with the issue sternly. The Congress has been encouraging Naxalism actively and covertly,” Yogi Adityanath alleged.
“The Congress, for its own gains, played with the security of the country. Be it Chhattisgarh or Jharkhand, where the issue was giving asylum to Naxalites or using states like Kashmir for political benefits. But for the BJP, national security is of prime importance, hence never accepted toying with it,” the UP Chief Minister noted.
He further asserted that no day passes when at least two to three terrorists are not gunned down by security forces in Kashmir or surrender to the armed forces. “Similarly, no day goes by where people in Naxal-affected states are not being provided complete security by the state governments,” the senior BJP leader said.
Tossing up the issue of Ram temple in Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday sought to know whether the Congress was concerned about Lord Ram or Mughal emperor Babur.
“While it is a known fact that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya, the matter is pending before the Supreme Court. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had petitioned before the court that a decision should not been taken over the issue before 2019,” he said.
“The Congress should be asked if their relation is with (Lord) Ram or with foreign invader Babur. The Congress has no idea about the country’s respect and ‘swabhimaan’ (self-respect). The Congress always played with the national security and is now coming in front of you for votes,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister added.
He, in the end, said that Chhattisgarh could only develop when the BJP governments at the Centre and state worked together.
It is to be noted that Chhattisgarh goes to polls in two phases, on November 12 and 20. While the northern part of Chhattisgarh, mostly the Maoist-affected districts, will vote in the first phase, the rest of the state will go to polls in the second phase. The results will be announced on December 11.