Making an appeal for a mandate in favour of the BJP in Maoist-hit Jharkhand, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asked Naxals to shun violence and join the mainstream to strengthen the nation.
Addressing public meetings ahead of Assembly polls in the state, he urged voters to elect a government which works hand-in-hand with the central government.
“I appeal to all Maoists to shun violence. China, where Maoism was born, is shedding Maoism and emerging as a strong nation to compete with the US. I appeal to Maoists to join the mainstream and help make the country strong,” he said.