LokSabha 2019: ‘Cong manifesto is like the manifesto of JeM’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Devendra Fadnavis said, “The Congress has mentioned in their manifesto that if they come to power, they will withdraw Armed Forces from Jammu and Kashmir and will withdraw special rights given to them."

PUNE: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis criticised the Congress manifesto and compared it with terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pune on Tuesday while addressing the election rally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance candidate from Pune, Girish Bapat. 

This was the first rally of Chief Minister Fadnavis in Pune. In the rally, sitting BJP Anil Shirole, MLA Jagdish Mulik, MLA Baburao Pacharne, former standing committee chairman Yogesh Mulik, Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe, former MLA Chandrakant Mokate and BJP-Shiv Sena corporators were present in the rally.

Fadnavis said, “The Congress has mentioned in their manifesto that if they come to power, they will withdraw Armed Forces from Jammu and Kashmir and will withdraw special rights given to them. Armed Forces have special rights to kill terrorists and arrest stone pelters who take money from Pakistan and pelt stones on them. The Congress wants to take away this right. It means that anyone can come and do whatever they want. I am surprised that it looks like a manifesto of Jaish-e-Mohammed.”  

The CM further said, “The “Congress and its alliance did corruption rather than development. Rahul Gandhi’s speeches are scripted and they are concerned with poverty. The BJP has opened bank accounts under the Jan-Dhan scheme to give maximum benefit to common people. The BJP gave Rs 13 crore gas connections to the poor. The Congress wants to give Rs 72,000 per annum to the poor, but they are not able to tell how they are going to give money to people.”

“Congress-NCP haven’t given anything to Pune. On the other hand, BJP has implemented several developmental projects in the city like Metro, Ring Road, Swargate traffic hub, green buses, sewage treatment plants among others. We have made a 50-year development plan for Pune,’’ he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Bapat said, “The Congress hasn’t found a capable candidate. I was anticipating a strong candidate but I didn’t get one.”

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