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Rahul accuses PM Modi of insulting Cong leaders with 'urban Naxals' remark

ANI  |  Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) [India] 

on Saturday hit out at by accusing him of insulting leaders like and Narendra Kumar Patel, who fell to the bullets of Naxals in "Our leaders in have made the real sacrifice by standing up against the menace of Naxals," said Gandhi, while addressing a poll rally at Naxal-affected Jagdalpur.

"A few days back, talked about Naxals. But the real sacrifice was made by the leaders of party. Our people have sacrificed their lives for the country and as well. Congress leaders like and lost their lives here. By his statement, the has insulted Karma ji and Patel ji."

Only recently Prime Minister Modi had accused the Congress of backing "urban Naxals" who, he said, have ruined the lives of poor Adivasi youths in Chhattisgarh. During a rally at Jagdalpur, PM Modi had said: "The urban Maoists, who live in air-conditioned homes in the cities and whose children study abroad, remote control Adivasi children in Naxal-dominated areas. I want to ask the Congress why it supports urban Maoists when the government takes action against them."

It is worth mentioning that in 2013, Naxals attacked a convoy of Congress leaders in in district which led to 27 deaths, including the killing of former and and

Lashing out at the Prime Minister, Gandhi said: "The Congress party has many such leaders who have lost their lives fighting against the Britishers. When our leaders were fighting against the Britishers, when Britishers were ruling this country, when all the Congress leaders were in prison, your (Prime Minister Modi) leader was folding hands in front of the Britishers."

Coming down heavily on Chhattisgarh Minister Raman Singh, Gandhi raised the issue of his son's name in the Panama Papers case, asking why no action had been taken against him till now. Gandhi said, "If the doesn't want to answer that, then he should explain to the people of Chhattisgarh why no action has been taken against his son, whose name appeared in the Panama Papers case? In Pakistan, the Prime Minister is jailed because his name appeared in the Panama Papers case."

Mounting attack on Prime Minister Modi over alleged fighter jet scam, Gandhi said: "At every platform, Prime Minister Modi talks about patriotism, but he is the one who changed the contract. When the was in power, the senior officials proposed the name of fighter jet but our government put two conditions-the aircraft should be made in and secondly, the fighter plane should be minimally priced. When Modi came to power at the Centre, they gave the contract to because he is the Prime Minister Modi's friend. Here, the Prime Minister compromised with the security."

The election campaigning for the first phase of Chhattisgarh polls will end on Saturday night, 48 hours before the voting on November 12. Chhattisgarh polls will be held in two phases, first phase polling is on November 12 and then on November 20. The counting of votes for both the phases will take place on December 11.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 18:50 IST