NEW DELHI: Launching a scathing attack on the
Congress over its poll promise to amend the Armed Forces
+ (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) if voted to power in the general elections, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that the party is weakening confidence of the Army and district administration.
Addressing a press conference, the Union minister said that the poll promise in the Congress manifesto will be misused by the terrorist-friendly people.
“Is this right? It is an effort to weaken the armed forces. They are trying to dilute the immunity of our security forces,” Sitharaman said.
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Hitting out at the party, she called the Congress manifesto demoralising and anti-forces.
Earlier on Tuesday, BJP president
Amit Shah also attacked Congress
+ for promising a review of the AFSPA in its election manifesto and accused it of attempting to demoralise armed forces personnel posted on the borders.
The BJP said that the move would compromise national security.
On Wednesday, the
Congress, in its 54-page manifesto
+ for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, promised to review the deployment of armed forces, move more troops to the border to stop infiltration completely, reduce the presence of the Army and the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in the Valley and entrust more responsibility with the Jammu and Kashmir police for maintaining law and order.
(With agency inputs)