New Delhi, Apr 3: The BJP for the second consecutive day slammed the Congress for promising to 'amend' and review Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) and said this will only encourage separatism in Jammu and Kashmir. 'This manifesto will be useful for terrorists,' BJP leader and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here on Wednesday. Endorsing the line adopted by her senior colleague Arun Jaitley, she said such proposals in the Congress manifesto, which was released on Tuesday, do not augur well for the morale of the forces.
The Defence Minister said the Congress also proposes to 'dilute' the powers of the district magistrates and maintained in such an eventuality, it will be difficult for administration and the law enforcement agencies to control the situation anywhere.
She said the Congress has promised to amend the AFSPA and strike a balance with 'human rights of citizens' and added that using of the terms 'enforced disappearance and sexual violence' only give the impression that these are genuinely happening in the country.
'I feel..... this will be several times terrorist- friendly and people can claim every such arrest is accompanied by sexual harassment or torture,' Ms Sitharaman said, adding a complainant will always mention all these as the new law proposed by Congress will give them relief. 'Aise amendment se aap kisko madad karne wale ho (which such amendment whom are you going to help)', the Defence Minister asked.
She wondered while the Congress leaders after Pulwama have spoken about giving 'Martyrs status' to the security personnel but the matter does not figure in the Congress Manifesto. "If AFSPA has to be removed, there is a process. It is done in coordination between the states and the Centre,' she said, adding such norms were adopted in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura after due consultations with the states. 'There was an attempt to sensationalise the matter. This will impact the security doctrine both internally and externally," she said and wondered whether Congress is bent upon favouring "desh drohis(anti-national forces)".
The Congress move is only aimed at "weakening armed forces", she said.Hitting out at the Congress, Mr Jaitley has said most of the Congress promises cannot be implemented and have dangerous ramifications but Congress president Rahul Gandhi is only carrying forward the 'historical blunder' of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru in Jammu and Kashmir. '...when out of ignorance Congress president makes unimplementable and dangerous promises, I am sure the country will not be in a mood to oblige him,' Mr Jaitley said. (UNI)