Indian General Elections

Nation First, Zero Tolerance For Terrorism, Abrogation Of Article 370: Here's The BJP's 2019 Election Manifesto's National Security Promise

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

Three days before the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections are set to begin, the BJP has launched its 'Sankalp Patra' election manifesto at an event at its New Delhi headquarters on Monday.

Taking forward their stance on national security, the BJP manifesto declares 'Nation First' and makes a range of promises regarding ''Zero tolerance approach to Terrorism', welfare of soldiers, action against left-wing extremism, the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the Article 370 and 35-A pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir.

Some of the highlights on promises of National security in the BJP's 'Sankalp Patra' are:

  1. 'We will continue the policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism'.
  2. 'We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defence-related equipment and weapons.'
  3. 'We have demonstrated our commitment to the welfare of our veterans with the implementation of long-delayed One Rank, One Pension (OROP). We promise to create a more effective framework for the resettlement of our armed forces veterans.'
  4. 'We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process on priority.'
  5. 'We are committed to enactment of Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of individuals of religious minority communities from neighbouring countries escaping persecution.'
  6. 'We are committed to annulling 35-A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. '

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