Raipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Saturday, visiting Naxal-affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh to take stock of socio-economic development initiatives being taken there. Here are the Live updates:
On PM Modi's visit, BJP leader Sambit Patra says: "It is a historic day. A PM has gone to a Naxal-affected area like Dantewada and given a message of peace".
Chhattisgarh has the power to change the future of India: PM
Taking a dig at Congress, Modi says those who could not digest victory in 60 years cannot also accept defeat. "Those who have been disregarded by the people in elections are spreading canards about the government's work. Last year when I visited this region, papers were full of stories of corruption. We have changed that. No such news has appeared in the last one year. We have shown government can be run with honesty."
Fruits of development must reach the poorest of the poor with employment for the youth is at the priority of government policies: PM
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has already given pen and computer in the hands of children whose families were eliminated by bombs and bullets: PM
The Prime Minister asks the ultras to shun the gun for a few days and visit the families affected by their violence. "This experiment will force you to change your heart and make you shun your violent means."
The birth place of Naxal movement Naxalbari has already given up this violent means. Don't get disheartened. The macabre drama of death will end: PM on Naxalism
Only plough on the shoulders and not guns can bring development. And this will bring everyone to the mainstream of the country. There is no future for violence. The future is only of peaceful means: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Perhaps it is for the first time that in a programme like this MoUs worth Rs 24,000 crore have been signed. This rail link will connect you to the mainland and mainstream of India...Send iron out and get steel from outside. This would go on but now this has to stop. We will make steel from the iron ore: PM
The land of Bastar has shown a way of life to the world, says Modi, the first Prime Minister to visit this Maoist hotbed in three decades.
I am very happy to have got the chance to come and meet you all, says the PM.