BJP promises abrogation of Article 370, Article 35A, releases LS Polls manifesto
New Delhi: Calling the BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls a “vision document”, the party on Monday said that it stands for abrogation of Article 370 and promised of annulling Article 35A of constitution of India. The article provde special status and define permanent residentship of the state of Jammu and Kashmir respectively.
“We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370,” the manifesto released reads.
“We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb,” it reads.
Head of the party’s manifesto committee Rajnath Singh on Monday said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fully committed on nationalism and zero tolerance towards terrorism.
The BJP manifesto was released by Modi on Monday in the presence of the party’s top brass.
“Our ‘Sankalp Patra’ is a vision document that lists the expectations of 130 crore Indians,” Singh said.
“We are fully committed on nationalism and zero tolerance towards terrorism,” the Union home minister added.
He said the BJP was committed towards implementing a Uniform Civil Code in the country and all alternative options will be explored for the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh in the most conducive manner.
The saffron party would ensure the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament with utmost respect to every state’s cultural values, Singh said.
For rural development, the BJP promised to spend Rs 25 lakh crore in the next five years.
“Will give Rs 6,000 yearly income support to farmers and pension to small and marginal farmers above 60 years of age,” Singh said.
with inputs from PTI