Cong must clarify whether Lt Gen Hooda’s views were incorporated in manifesto: Jaitley

Cong must clarify whether Lt Gen Hooda’s views were incorporated in manifesto: Jaitley

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New Delhi, Apr 3 : BJP on Wednesday questioned Congress on its manifesto and said the grand old party needs to answer whether some of the promises made by it on national security were recommended by in-house panel headed by Lt Gen (retd) DS Hooda.

'I want to know does the Congress manifesto contain any one of the suggestions made by Lt Gen Hooda. Let the Congress party clarify whether the points recommended by Lt Gen Hooda on internal security have been promised by thFinance Minister Arun Jaitleye party or there is something else,' BJP leader and told reporters here.
He said on March 31, Lt Gen Hooda is reported to have submitted his recommendations to the Congress party.

'It should be clarified whether the committee headed by Lt Gen Hooda was set up by the Congress party only for optics,' he said. Mr Jaitley, who also held Defence portfolio, said 'Lt Gen Hooda is a very respected person and I am confident he must have given some serious suggestions which would not help only one party but all parties.'
Surgical strike hero of 2016, Lt Gen Hooda , was asked to prepare a Congress vision paper on national security. He was the chief of Northern Command at the time of the surgical strike in September 2016.

Mr Jaitley said, 'It should be clarified how much the Congress party has made use of his suggestions and ideas'. In past 24 hours, BJP has made a series of attack on the Congress for its manifesto wherein the grand old party allegedly made compromises on national security. Hours after Congress released its manifesto, Mr Jaitley slammed the principal opposition party and said some of the provisions of the Constitution which even Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh did not touch, have been tinkered by the 'Maoists and Jehadists' who have considerably influence on Rahul Gandhi.

The saffron outfit fielded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier in the day who took strong exception to the suggestions to dilute AFSPA and said 'the Congress manifesto will be rather useful for terrorists.'  BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday evening also said the Congress manifesto would be discouraging for the armed forces. (UNI)