Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai Touts BJP's Firm Stance Against Naxals, Expresses Confidence in Winning All 11 Lok Sabha Seats

Chhattisgarh CM claims BJP's firm stance against Naxals, with 80 killed, 125 arrested, and 150 surrendered. Govt aims to eliminate left-wing extremism within 1-2 years, as BJP eyes all 11 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

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Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai Touts BJP's Firm Stance Against Naxals, Expresses Confidence in Winning All 11 Lok Sabha Seats

Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai Touts BJP's Firm Stance Against Naxals, Expresses Confidence in Winning All 11 Lok Sabha Seats

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai has stated that the BJP government has taken a firm stance against Naxals in the state since coming to power in December 2023. In a recent statement, Sai highlighted the government's proactive operations against left-wing extremists, resulting in the killing of at least 80 Naxals, the arrest of more than 125, and the surrender of 150 others.

The chief minister's remarks come in the wake of a thorough review of the security situation in Naxal-affected states by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Shah has reaffirmed the BJP's commitment to eliminating left-wing extremism from India within one to two years, following a recent clash between security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh that resulted in the deaths of 29 left-wing extremists, including a high-ranking rebel leader.

Sai expressed confidence that the BJP will win all 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh in the upcoming election. He dismissed the opposition's claims about the BJP's plans to scrap the Constitution and reservation, calling it a 'desperate' attempt to mislead the electorate. The chief minister also defended the BJP's decision to welcome new members, even those with corruption cases, stating that the party has a democratic structure where office-holders are changed every three months.

Why this matters: The Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in India has been ongoing since the late 1960s, and the government's response has included a combination of military and development measures. The BJP government's firm stance against Naxals and its commitment to eradicating left-wing extremism within a short timeframe could have significant implications for the affected regions and the country as a whole.

According to official data, the government's proactive actions have led to a 52% decline in Left Wing Extremism-related violence and a 69% decline in deaths from 6,035 to 1,868 in 2014-23 compared to 2004-14. The government has also taken measures to improve infrastructure and engagement with the local youth in Naxal-affected areas. Despite these efforts, challenges remain, including human rights concerns and the need to address underlying socioeconomic issues in the affected regions.

Key Takeaways

  • Chhattisgarh CM claims BJP govt has taken firm stance against Naxals, resulting in 80 killed, 125 arrested.
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah reaffirms BJP's commitment to eliminating left-wing extremism in 1-2 years.
  • Chhattisgarh CM confident BJP will win all 11 Lok Sabha seats in upcoming elections, dismisses opposition claims.
  • Official data shows 52% decline in Left Wing Extremism-related violence and 69% decline in deaths since 2014.
  • Challenges remain, including human rights concerns and need to address socioeconomic issues in affected regions.