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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: Are you concerned about Lord Ram or Mughal emperor Babur, Yogi Adityanath asks Congress Read In Hindi

Yogi Adityanath alleged that Chhattisgarh remained “poor, backward and a BIMARU state” remained a BIMARU state” during the Congress rule despite having extensive mineral deposits and forest wealth.

Edited by: India TV Politics Desk, Raipur [ Updated: November 10, 2018 19:12 IST ]

Yogi Adityanath in Chhattisgarh

Launching a scathing attack against Congress over Ram temple issue, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday asked the party to explain whether it was concerned about Lord Ram or Mughal emperor Babur.

Addressing an election rally in Chhattisgarh’s Lormi, the UP chief minister alleged that the Congress actively and covertly supported Naxalism in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand for political gains.

Yogi Adityanath further alleged that Chhattisgarh remained “poor, backward and a BIMARU state” remained a BIMARU state” during the Congress rule despite having extensive mineral deposits and forest wealth. 

BIMARU - an acronym formed from the first letters of the names of the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh - was coined in the mid-1980s to refer to the poor economic conditions within those states.

“Today, the forest wealth is being used for the welfare of locals. The adivasis (tribals) and forest dwellers are being given benefits of development schemes,” the priest-turned-politician said. 

“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,” he 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 (it) never accepted toying with it,” Adityanath said.

He said no day passes when at least two to three terrorists are not gunned down by security forces in Kashmiror 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.
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 said.

He said Chhattisgarh could only develop when the BJP governments at the Centre and state worked together.

The elections to the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will be held in two phases on November 12 and 20.

(With PTI inputs)

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