| BJP national spokesman M.J. Akbar releases the manifesto in Guwahati on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, April 3: The Assam state unit of BJP today released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election with various promises, including raising a Brahmaputra river protection force to stop infiltration and arms smuggling from Bangladesh.
BJP national spokesperson M.J. Akbar, while releasing the manifesto here this afternoon, told reporters that the Congress was doing nasty politics by branding the BJP a communal force.
He alleged that the Congress was trying to create a fear psychosis among Muslims that the community would not be safe in case the BJP came to power.
Akbar, an eminent journalist who recently joined the BJP, said the party was contesting the polls on development card.
“I am convinced that Narendra Modi would be one of the best prime ministers of the country,” he said.
The eight-page election manifesto of the BJP promises to complete the work of NRC update, fencing along India-Bangladesh border, creation of river management authority to solve perennial floods and erosion problems, protection of Majuli, a scientific land and agriculture policy, Sixth Schedule status to different indigenous groups, protection of the rhino from unabated poaching and setting up fast-track courts to solve various heinous crimes like rape and atrocities on women.
Akbar claimed that if the BJP came to power, the younger generation would be hugely benefited. He said the country’s youths had become disoriented and frustrated under the Congress’s rule.
On the Gujarat riots, Akbar said it was a very unfortunate episode in India’s history. He, however, said Modi could not be made responsible for riots as the Congress accused.
“The last 10 years’ ruling by the UPA government has failed to convict Modi on the Gujarat riots. This is itself great evidence that Modi was not involved in the riots. India needs development and the youth do not need to get involved in a Hindu-Muslim debate,” Akbar said.