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They say BJP is hoodwinking voters. Agree?

April 07, 2014 21:25 IST

'They spoke about religion and have exploited it politically'

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Political parties have slammed Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto especially over inclusion of Ram temple and other 'Hindutva' issues, saying it was only aimed at hoodwinking voters.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh accused BJP of exploiting religion for political gains. Pointing to a recent sting on the Ram Mandir agitation, he said many VHP leaders were heard saying that the death of some Hindus was required to infuse a new life into the movement.

"They spoke about religion and have exploited it politically," the Congress general secretary said. He welcomed BJP's offer to help madrassas, saying it is a good sign for country.

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'That BJP will abide by the Constitution on the temple issue is total eyewash'

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Left parties also came down heavily on BJP for the mention of RamTemple issue in its manifesto, saying it is intended to "consolidate" Hindu votes.

Observing that BJP has reiterated its "hardcore Hindutva agenda" by highlighting issues like the Ram Temple, abrogation of Article 370 and a uniform civil code, senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said "this is its real agenda".

"That it will abide by the Constitution on the temple issue is total eyewash. Which constitutional provision has endorsed the destruction of Babri Masjid," he asked.

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'BJP trying to fool people by selling dreams'

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Terming the manifesto as mere sloganeering, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said people have witnessed in the past that issues like Common Civil Code, Ram Mandir and Article 370 are "handles" for BJP to come to power.

Similar views were echoed by his father and President of National Conference Farooq Abdullah who said BJP was trying to fool people of this country by "selling dreams".

Omar reminded that this is not the first time that issues like Article 370, Ram temple and Common Civil Code have been raised.

"Please tell me when they actually did address these issues when they were in power. What was the development done by them on these issues," he said, adding, "This is purely an effort to hoodwink the voters of this country."

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'Their manifesto is eating... and cheating'

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Naresh Agarwal of Samajwadi Party said the manifesto was only a showpiece and BJP was interested in grabbing power by any means.

"Their manifesto is eating... and cheating. It is about grabbing power, doing the politics over dead bodies...," he said.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi questioned how BJP will fulfil its promise of building a house for every family and reaching drinking water to all villages.

"Where from will money come? How long will it take? They should be clear about it," he said.

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''The most worrying part is the reiteration of their communal agenda'

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AAP said the manifesto showed that BJP's true agenda is to promote communal divisive policies while its developmental agenda "is nothing but a farce".

"With the promise of rebuilding the Ram Mandir and abrogation of Article 370 in their manifesto, BJP has shown that the agenda of development was a short-term farce and that communal and divisive policies are their true agenda.

"The most worrying part of BJP’s election manifesto -- in line with the recent speeches of their party leaders -- is the reiteration of their communal agenda," said a statement issued by the party.

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'A very hastily prepared high school essay'

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Union Minister Jairam Ramesh accused  BJP of plagarism, saying that the opposition party's manifesto is a very "hastily" prepared "high school essay" by "lifting" some of the portions from his own speeches and writings. 

Describing it as a "deeply disappointing document", the Congress leader also alleged that it talks about programmes and initiatives which are initiated by the UPA government.

On the question of existence of controversial issue of Article 370, Ram Temple and Uniform Civil Code in the manifesto, Ramesh said, "how the allies of the BJP will take to this promises --only the allies can answer."

He said that the delay in the release of manifesto "betrays policy confusion at the highest level" of BJP.

"It is clear that the BJP is being pulled in different directions and they have not been able to arrive at a major consensus," Ramesh said. 




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