Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel stirs controversy by calling Medha Patkar an ‘urban Naxal’ who had received political support. He was addressing a gathering in Gujarat’s Bhuj district in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“On this occasion, when Narmada water has reached Kutch, we should also remember who were those people who had deprived Kutch from getting this water for nearly five decades. We all know who were those urban Naxals who had opposed the Narmada dam project,” said Patel.
Patkar had protested against construction of the dam and the inadequate rehabilitation and resettlement of those displaced by its construction. “They tried hard to deprive Gujarat and Kutch of development. One of those urban naxals was Medha Patkar.”
Taking a shot at the Aam Admi Party ahead of the December Assembly polls, Patel said, “We all know which political party these people were associated with.” Patkar had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on AAP ticket and lost. “These people had tried to bring the Naxal ideology to Gujarat. But smart people of Gujarat did not let them succeed,” Patel said.