Capt Amarinder Singh questions Badal, Jaitley on contentious issues in BJP maifesto
Senior Congress leader and party candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh today asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to clarify his stand on three crucial and contentious issues in the BJP election manifesto released in Delhi today.
Reacting to the BJP manifesto Capt Singh said, people of Punjab would like to know from Mr Badal his stand on Uniform Civil Code, abrogation of the Article 370 and construction of a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya as announced by the BJP in its election manifesto today.
He asked Mr Jaitely to specify whether he will advocate these issues listed in his party's manifesto in Punjab also. Capt Singh said, he was asking these questions specifically to Mr Badal since he has always been advocating a separate personal law for the Sikhs and is strongly opposed to any move to abrogate Article 370 as he advocates greater autonomy for the states and has not been in favour of constructing a temple at the dispute site.
The former Punjab Chief Minister said, the BJP had betrayed its real communal and sectarian instincts in the manifesto itself and the fake facade of development it was trying to project over communalism and Hindutva had already started wearing off.
He hoped that Mr Jaitely, who is so fond of discussing and debating the national issues as he has been regularly boasting about his expertise on national affairs, would spell out his stand vis-a-vis these three important issues which have a crucial bearing on Punjab as well.
(Posted on 07-04-2014)