Jagdalpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed his maiden rally in poll-bound Chhattisgarh ahead of the first phase of Assembly election 2018 and attacked the Congress while alleging the party of supporting urban Maoists. He also said that the party has derailed the development of the region.

“Urban Maoists live in AC surroundings, move around in big cars and their children study abroad, but they ruin the lives of our poor Adivasi youth here through remote control. Why is Congress supporting these Urban Maoists,” he said while addressing a rally in Jagdalpur area of Naxal-hit Bastar district.

Urging the people to vote for the BJP in the upcoming polls, he said, “I urge the people of Bastar to teach a fitting lesson to the Congress leaders, who on one hand try to shield the urban Maoists, and in Chhattisgarh, they speak about freeing the state from Maoists.”

Claiming that the Congress never thought of the region’s progress, the Prime Minister said, “For 10 years, Congress was at the Centre, but they never paid attention to the needs of Chhattisgarh and blocked all development for the state.”

The first phase on November 12 will see 18 seats of eight Maoist-affected districts go to polls. Of these, 12 are Scheduled Tribe seats while one is a Scheduled Caste-reserved seat. The campaigning for the same will end on Saturday.

The remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls on November 20 and counting of votes will be held on December 11.

A total of 1,291 candidates are in the fray for the two-phased state polls.