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Chhattisgarh: Rahul flays Raman Singh for killing of Congress leaders

Nov 08, 2013 02:26 PM IST Politics Politics
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Rajnandgaon: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at the Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh over the killings of party's top leaders in a Naxal attack in May, 2013. He said that nobody could have stopped slain state Congress president Nand Kumar Patel from becoming the next chief minister of the state and death was the only way.

"Nand Kumar Patel would have become the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and no body could have stopped him. The only way to stop him was to kill him," said Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign for the Congress in Rajnandgoan.

He said that the BJP talks about terrorism but did nothing when the entire Congress leadership was massacred in Chhattisgarh.

"The BJP is in the power in state from the last 10 years, few months ago the entire leadership of Congress in state was eliminated and the government said that it was not responsible. It kept quite," said Rahul.

The Chhattisgarh Naxal attack in May left over 25 people dead. PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, former Union minister Vidya Charan Shukla and former MLA Uday Mudaliyar were among those who were killed in the attack.

While attacking Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Rahul said that the Congress brought the Right to Information Act (RTI) to empower people and fight corruption.

"However, the BJP still questions about our work," he said while reacting to Modi's speech in Chhattisgarh on Thursday in which he had alleged that Congress was indulging in humungous corruption.

He said that the BJP believed that power should be in the hands of the Chief Minister whereas Congress believes that it should be with the people.

"Congress says give power to the women, the youth and the poor. On the other hand the Raman Singh government is a world champion in corruption," he said.

He said that BJP talks about development and literacy rates in the states but it is the Centre which gives funds to the state. He said that though there is no dearth of natural resources in Chhattisgarh but yet a large number of people were still unemployed had to move to Congress ruled states to earn livelihood.

"This state has no scarcity of funds, forest and land. It is a rich state but the people here are still poor," Rahul said.

"We introduced NREGA to give employment to poor people," Rahul added.

Chhattisgarh will go for polls on November 11 and the results will be declared on December 8. The BJP led by Raman Singh in the state is looking forward to form the government for the third time.

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