Bhopal: A Twitter post by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley indicating nexus between Congress and Maoists on Monday stirred a row with Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel daring him to prove the charges.
Mr Jaitley in his Twitter post said, âThe Congress has aligned with the Maoist in recent Chhattisgarh elections.
Rahul Gandhi stood shoulder to shoulder with the âTukde Tukdeâ gang at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The Congress was in the forefront of defending the urban Naxals in the courtâ.
The post sparked a storm in Chhattisgarh assembly on Monday with members from treasury bench taking serious exception to it demanding Mr Jaitley to withdraw the charges and issue a public apology for it. âI challenge Mr Jaitley to establish the charges. Congress has absolutely no link with Naxals.
As many as 29 Congress leaders including former Union minister V.C. Shukla, former Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Nand Kumar Patel and former minister Mahendra Karma were massacred by Maoists at Jheeram Ghati in Bastar district in Chhattisgarh in 2013.
Had Congress any association with Maoists, its leaders would not have been killed by them in such a brutal mannerâ, Mr Baghel said. He demanded a public apology from Mr Jaitley for making âbaselessâ allegations against Congress.
Former chief minister and BJP national vice-president Raman Singh however supported Mr Jaitleyâs post recalling that Maoists were âfor the first timeâ did not give poll boycott call in the last assembly elections in Chhattisgarh.
âThis gives rise to suspicion on nexus between Congress and Maoists in the November assembly elections in Chhattisgarhâ, he added.
Congress has swept assembly elections in Bastar by security 11 out of total 12 seats in the belt.