BJP’s Two Faces: Promises to Repeal AFSPA From Manipur in 2014, Questions Congress For The Same in 2019
PM Narendra Modi claimed in his latest interview that Congress’ manifesto demoralises armed forces.
Continuing to campaign on the ‘national security’ plank, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has questioned the Congress’ poll promise to review the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). It is, however, noteworthy that the saffron party itself had made the same promise to make inroads into Manipur in 2014.
The Hindu had reported that ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the then BJP state unit president Thounaojam Chaoba Singh had announced that the AFSPA would be repealed in the state if the Narendra Modi-led BJP came to power at the centre.
Displaying a curious kind of selective amnesia during his latest interview with ZeeNews, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that Congress’ manifesto, because it promises a review of AFSPA, is a demoralising factor for the armed forces.
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Additionally, in April last year, the AFSPA was completely removed from Meghalaya while its area of operation in Arunachal Pradesh was restricted to eight police stations bordering Assam and three districts that border Myanmar. On April 2, the Modi government further withdrew the draconian law from three districts of Arunachal Pradesh.