//Salwa Judum motivated by RSS, claims Jogi

Salwa Judum motivated by RSS, claims Jogi

Raipur: Senior Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi today claimed that the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) was behind the ‘Salwa Judum‘– the ongoing anti-naxalite movement in Bastar.

”It’s not just a movement launched by the tribals,” he told UNI over telephone.

Mr Jogi, who is All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) Scheduled Tribe cell chairman, said the tribals were being motivated to participate in the campaign against naxalites, without being provided adequate security.

Pointing out that state Home Minister Ramvichar Netam and state BJP president Shiv Pratap Singh have already indicated about involvement of RSS cadres in the campaign, Mr Jogi said some Congress leaders were unable to realise that this organisation was trying to strengthen its base in the tribal region.

Alleging that the tribals were being targeted by the ultras for participating in the campaign, the former Chief Minister said the ultras had attacked a relief camp recently where hundreds of people had taken shelter following naxalite threat.

Clarifying, he was not against anti-naxalite campaign, Mr Jogi said anyone participating in such campaigns should get adequate security.

A campaign without proper strategy has so far resulted in death of about 150 innocent tribals, he added.

Without naming anyone, Mr Jogi said few Congress leaders were also actively taking part in the ‘Salwa Judum’ campaign without realising the political ”designs’ of ruling BJP and other organsiations associated with the party.