Making an appeal for a mandate in favour of the BJP in Maoist-hit Jharkhand, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asked Naxals to shun violence and join the mainstream to strengthen the nation.
Addressing public meetings ahead of Assembly polls in the state, he urged voters to elect a government which works hand-in-hand with the central government.
“I appeal to all Maoists to shun violence. China, where Maoism was born, is shedding Maoism and emerging as a strong nation to compete with the US. I appeal to Maoists to join the mainstream and help make the country strong,” he said.
Singh said one could clearly distinguish between the states governed by the BJP and others, maintaining that the states under the BJP have progressed well. “One can make a clear comparison anywhere in the country. The country has emerged stronger in the world under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
The Home Minister said, “The country can only grow forward with strong will of its leadership and not with anything else. Under Modi, India has scaled new heights and its prestige has gone up across the world.”
On the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Singh said he had instructed BSF to give befitting reply to Pakistan and not display white flags as had been done during the previous Congress governments. By doing so, he said Pakistan has pleaded before the United Nations for its help after India’s reply to its firing along the border.
“Pakistan continued to indulge in ceasefire violations in the border killing Indians but previous Congress governments continued to ask BSF to show white flags and hold talks,” he said.