BJP leaders on Tuesday came down heavily on the suggestions related to the national security in the Congress manifesto.
The grand-old-party on Tuesday released the book on poll promises which pledges to scrap the sedition law when it comes to power. It also talks about diluting the draconian law AFSPA which gives special powers to the Armed Forces.
Congress has promised to omit section 499 of the Indian Penal Code to make defamation a civil offence. It also promised to remove 124A of the IPC which defines the offence of sedition.
This has irked the BJP which considers ‘national security’ as a main issue for the elections.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley called the manifesto a “Charter to Weaken India.”
“The Congress Manifesto undermines national security and has sham and bluff promises with little detailed understanding of the subjects involved. It is an irresponsible document which has never to be implemented since Congress looks a certain loser,” Jaitley said.
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the manifesto is against the Armed Forces.
Defending the Manifesto, former union minister P Chidambaram asked the Modi government why it withdrew AFSPA from Arunachal Pradesh. “If amending AFSPA is anti-national, why did the government withdraw today the Act from three districts of Arunachal Pradesh? Why was AFSPA withdrawn totally from Tripura in 2015 and remains withdrawn?” he tweeted.
Meanwhile CPIM general secretary Sitram Yechuri alleged that the manifesto is a mere replication of the policies of BJP.