New Delhi: Targeting Congress leader Raj Babbar for describing Naxalism as a revolution, BJP president Amit Shah asked the grand old party to clear its stand on Naxalism. On Sunday, Shah, while addressing a public meeting in Rajnandgaon district in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, said, “I want to ask the Congress chief to make his stand clear on Naxalism. Your leader called it a revolution. What is your stand?”
“A Congress leader yesterday described Naxalism as a revolution. Congress sees a revolution in Naxalism. I would like to tell Congress leaders that revolution doesn’t come through violence & bombs and bullets,” he further said.
Shah was referring to the remarks made by Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar during a press conference held in Raipur on Saturday when he had said Naxals had launched a “revolution” which cannot be stopped through guns, and the menace should be resolved through talks.
However, when Babbar was asked about his remark, he had said, “I want to clarify that I said the issue can be solved through talks with those who call themselves revolutionaries by indulging in acts of terrorism.”
Playing on Babbar’s remarks, Shah further said that Rahul Gandhi didn’t understand revolution.
On Sunday, the BJP chief campaigned in Khujji Assembly constituency, which will go to polls in the first phase on November 12. Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Hirendra Sahu from Khujji seat.
It is to be noted here that 18 of the total 90 assembly constituencies in eight Naxal-affected districts will go to polls on November 12. With just over a week for the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections, the battlefield has been set and political parties have blown the election bugle.
In the Chhattisgarh assembly polls, there are two phases of voting. In the first phase, voting will be held in 18 constituencies in the southern part of the state, while the second phase of elections will be held on November 20.
Counting of votes for both the phases will take place on December 11.
(With PTI inputs)