Opposition shreds BJP manifesto

Calls it ‘copy pasted’ from 2014

9 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: The Opposition on Monday shredded the BJP’s manifesto for the national election that made a string of promises, including scrapping a law for special rights to residents of Jammu and Kashmir and doubling farmers’ income by next year, reports NDTV.

In scathing criticism of the “Sankalp Patr”, Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the BJP has “simply copy pasted” its 2014 poll document and changed all previous deadlines.

Mr Patel said the BJP should have come out with a “maafinama” (letter of apology) instead of a manifesto. “The difference between BJP manifesto and Congress manifesto can be seen firstly from the cover page. Our’s has a crowd of people, and BJP manifesto has face of just one man. Instead of a manifesto BJP should have come out with a ‘maafinama’,” Mr Patel said. The manifesto also promises to revise tax brackets to help the middle class if it is voted back to power.

Mr Patel said the difference between the BJP’s manifesto and that of the Congress can be seen from the cover page itself. Congress’s Twitter handle used the hashtag #BJPJumlaManifesto to attack the manifesto.

The manifesto, themed “Sankalpit Bharat - Shashakt Bharat” or “determined India, empowered India”, also “reiterated” the promise of a Ram temple at Ayodhya and pledged to “explore all options”.