The Congress party on Tuesday released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 polls, revealing the important decisions they will take should they come back to power post elections.
While the main focus of attention was the 'Nyay' scheme, which the party has openly spoken about in the past few weeks, one important topic which caught the eye was the party's promise on sedition law.
In its manifesto, the grand old party has promised to abolish the Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, which amounts to sedition.
"Omit Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (that defines the offence 'sedition') that has been misused and, in any event, has become redundant because of subsequent laws," read the party's stand on this matter in its manifesto.
Just a few weeks ago, Republic TV was the first to learn that the party will take a stand against the sedition law. The Congress has time and time again spoken against the law, accusing the present government of misusing it on those who raise their voices against them.
Also in the manifesto was the promise to omit Section 499 of the IPC and make 'defamation' only a civil offence, and no longer a criminal offence. Further, the party also assured amend the AFSPA in order to 'strike a balance between the powers of security forces and the human rights of citizens'.
Here are the main points and claims in the Congress manifesto's National Security section: