Senior Naxal leaders have announced support to Soni Sori, who has been accused in the past for arranging crores of rupees from corporate houses to support activities, in Chhattisgarh and former rebel leader Kameshwar Baitha in Jharkhand.

However, the lower rank in Naxals, who has been unrelentingly supporting election boycott appeal, turned down senior leaders’ call to support both Sori and Baitha.
According to intelligence report received by the Home Ministry, a senior Naxal leader hiding in the dense forest of Abujhmad has requested the cadres to support Sori and Baitha.

Sori is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Bastar on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket, while Baitha, who had won last general elections on Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)ticket from Palamu in Jharkhand, is trying his luck on Trinamool Congress ticket this time around.

Baitha also tried to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but his Naxal background came in his way to jump into the Modi bandwagon.

Despite senior Naxal leaders asking the lower cadres to support both Sori and Baitha, they are hell bent on boycotting the elections. They are yet not ready to join the political battlefield.

The lower cadres have also made it crystal clear that the senior leaders’ assertion to support Sori and Baitha is an obvious digression from their tireless struggle against the government.

But it’s evident from the last elections that regardless of the threatening of lower rank Naxals to chop fingers for voting, a large number of people had voted for Baitha.


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