People have disapproved that only one family has right to speak from Red Fort, says PM Modi at Chhattisgarh rally

PM Modi. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team Chhattisgarh, India Nov 16, 2018, 12.50 PM (IST)

PM Modi today addressed a rally in Chhattisgarh's Ambikapur district as he targeted the Congress in the poll-bound state.

"People disproved that it was the 'right of only one family' to speak from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi," he said at the rally.

The prime minister said BJP's popularity is a threat to the Congress.

PM Modi applauded the people of Bastar in Chhattisgarh asserting that they gave a "strong response" to the Naxals by registering record voting percentage in the first phase of assembly polls.

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"Shouldn't people of Bastar be appreciated for such high voting percentages, he asked the people in the rally, adding, "I will tell you a way to appreciate them, on November 20 you register even higher voting percentage than Bastar."

Chattishgarh recorded 70 per cent polling in the first phase held on November 12th.

"I want to challenge them, let some good leader of Congress outside of the family become the party president for five years, then I will say that Nehruji really created a truly democratic system there," he said in Ambikapur.

Taking another jibe at the Congress, the PM said: "These people still have not come to terms that I am the PM, it has been nearly four and a half years. They are still crying, how can a 'chaiwala'(tea seller) become PM? Now they say a 'chaiwala' became PM because of one great person," he declared. 

The second phase of polling is due to take place on November 20th in the state. The polling in the first phase took place even as Naxals tried to disrupt the proceedings blasting multiple crude bombs ahead of election day and detonated an IED in Dantewada.

On November 12th, 18 seats went to polls, out of which 12 have been reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, while one is a Scheduled Caste-reserved seat. In the second and last phase, as many as 72 constituencies in the state will go to the polls.

BJP chief minister Raman Singh is hoping to retain power in the state although the Congress and Ajit Jogi's party Janta Congress Chhattisgarh(JCC) which has tied up with Mayawati's BSP is set to give a tough fight to the ruling party in the state.

The result of the assembly polls will be announced on December 11.