BJP raking up contentious and divisive issues in manifesto - PC
Strongly criticising the 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto of the BJP, senior Congress leader and Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram today warned that "the inclusion of contentious issues in the election manifesto would divide the country and disrupt social harmony."
Talking to reporters here, Mr Chidambaram said, "what was of great concern in the BJP manifesto was the inclusion of contentious issues like construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, abrogation of Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir and enactment of Uniform civil code would create controversies, divide the nation and disrupt social harmony."
The manifesto saw a hardening of the core Hindutva stance of BJP, which was deliberately attempting to polarize voters by raking up 'poisonous and divisive' issues to consolidate its vote bank without bothering about those who will not vote for them, he charged.
Chidambaram said, "It seems that the BJP was enacting a drama over the past more than ten years by appearing to have kept these issues on the back burner." But now, it appears that by raising these poisonous thoughts, the BJP wants to polarize the voters before elections. It seems to be keen on getting and consolidating their own vote bank and telling those who do not vote that we do not want your votes, he added.
"I do not think they (BJP) care for the people, who do not vote for them and instead the BJP want to merely consolidate their vote bank," he said.
Chidambaram said the consolidation of its vote bank reflects the BJP's majoritarian approach. "I charge the BJP with deliberately attempt to polarize voters," he added.
(Posted on 09-04-2014)