LS Election 2019: PM Modi slams congress to promise to amend AFSPA

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LS Election 2019:The first phase, of the total seven phases, of voting for the Lok Sabha elections, is just a week away, on April 11

New Delhi/Balod/Sundargarh:MNN:LS Election 2019:The electoral battle to win the Lok Sabha elections is in full swing with all the political parties aggressively campaigning across the country.

After the Congress released its manifesto on Tuesday,

the battle has become sharper with the BJP targetting the Congress over its pledge to amend AFSPA and remove other controversial laws.

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As the race to polls moves ahead at full steam, we bring you top highlights of the day.

Catch all the developments related to the elections at one place.

Lt. General (Retired) Sarath Chand, former Vice Chief of Army Staff, on Saturday, joined BJP in presence of Union Minister and party leader Sushma Swaraj in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the gathering in Sundargarh’s Odisha on Saturday,

said that people have to decide whether they want to choose an honest and principled government committed to development of all, or a corrupt and unprincipled one.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress for its promise to review AFSPA,

saying it is “raksha kavach” (armour) of security forces. while addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh’s Balod.

Congress manifesto has been the subject of heated debates and news headlines ever since it was launched on April 4.

LS Election 2019:Other than its much talked NYAY scheme which proposes to hand out Rs 72,000 per annum to the poorest section of population, Congress has also promised to amend the AFSPA.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while campaigning in Chhattisgarh’s Balod took pot shot at Congress attacking the two poll promises made by it.

LS Election 2019:Main zara Congress walon ko kehta hoon ye sena ke jawano ko tum nihathe bana rahe ho, zara ek baar khudh toh saari security cover se nikal kar ke dikhao zara (I want to ask the Congress)

they want to disarm the forces but are they prepared to give up their own security covers),” Modi said.

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The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, is a controversial law gives special powers to the Army to maintain law and order in areas declared “disturbed”.

The law allows the Army to open fire after giving a warning if they feel a person is in violation of the law; make arrest without a warrant and enter and search premises without a warrant.

Human rights groups have often called for repealing the law all together,

arguing it leads to human rights abuses in the areas where it is under force.

The Army on the other hand argues it needs the AFSPA to maintain order in areas which face heavy insurgency – such as Jammu & Kashmir.

Modi also took a pot shot at the grand alliance, saying the Congress and the parties supporting it are “fighting polls to loot people’s money,

we’re contesting polls to make effective use of every single rupee”.

“They’re fighting polls to weaken security forces of country and we’re contesting polls to make them self-reliant,” Modi said.

Modi also took a veiled jibe at Congress for its proposed NYAY scheme,

saying Congress is conspiring to implement a policy that will lead to inflation and raise the prices of commodities.

“Let me tell you about the conspiracy of congress.

They have planned to implement policy that will lead to inflation.

LS Election 2019:Congress leaders are now openly labelling the middle-class as selfish.

They want to burden them with heavy taxes,” Modi said.

The cost of NYAY is pegged at Rs 3.5 trillion or Rs 350,000 crore to the exchequer.

But economists are divided on the argument that scheme will actually lead to unwarranted inflation.

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