Nagpur, Oct 18 : Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah on Friday claimed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has broken the back of Naxals ever since they came to power.
Addressing a rally at Aheri in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, he said that Naxals were opposed to development, however, the Modi government has curbed the resentment in the last five years. Raking up the issue of abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, the Minister said that the previous Congress-NCP combine government hesitated in removing the special status due to vote bank politics and claimed that for BJP, the country comes first and not vote bank.
Taking a jibe at NCP president Sharad Pawar and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Mr Shah further claimed that the Congress-NCP had done nothing for the tribals (adivasis) during their rule of past 70 years and should tell the people of Maharashtra what have they done for them.
"Let us compare your report card of past 50 years with what we have done in last five years," he said. Despite a lot of talk over last 70 years, it was the BJP-led government which dared to abrogate Article 370, he added. Meanwhile, the BJP also claimed that it has fulfilled over 96 per cent of the promises made during the 2014 assembly elections.(UNI)