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PM Modi Targets Tribal Votes in Jangalmahal Region, Raises Issues of Deforestation, Naxalism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Purulia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Purulia

BJP will have to add on to the support base they built in the region during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to capture power in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday raised the issues concerning the Jangalmahal region of West Bengal, a very important BJP bastion where stakes are high for the BJP. He was addressing a rally in Purulia.

The BJP will have to add on to the support base they have built during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to reach the magic figure to capture the power in the State. That is the reason why Prime Minister gave enough time to address the issues concerning this region, right from deforestation to naxalism and tribals.

Apart from attacking Mamata Banerjee on corruption, poor governance and patronising goondaism, the Prime Minister dwelt in detail about how the Atal Bihari Bajpai government introduced for the first time the ministry for tribal welfare and how his government has introduced new schemes for

the betterment of the tribal community. He was talking straight to the tribals of Purulia and adjoining districts, who have already displayed their support for the BJP.

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Prime Minister Modi also talked about naxalism, which had been the main concern for this region, known as ‘Jungle Mahal’, alleging how the TMC had been patronising naxalism so that the people of this region were always at the receiving end.

Citing examples of naxal violence, the prime minister had also accommodated family members of the victims near the stage.

As this entire Jangalmahal area region has a sizable forest cover, the Prime Minister did not forget to talk about the minimum support price for forest produce, addressing those families whose livelihood depends on jungles.