BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress manifesto that had envisioned plans to downsize the presence of the Army and CAPFs in the Kashmir Valley.
Speaking at a public rally in Thoothukudi during his election campaign, he said, “By downsizing the Army from the Valley, what message is the Congress trying to give to this country? Is Kashmir not part of India? Instead of boosting our soldiers, who are protecting the the Valley and our borders, the Congress is trying to demoralise them”.
He sought support for party’s Thoothukudi Lok Sabha candidate Tamilisai Soundararajan and said the Congress’ partner Omar Abdullah said that there would be be a prime minister inside the Kashmir valley.
“I would like to clarify that whatever the Congress may say, Kashmir is part of India and nobody can snatch it from us,” he said in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami.
He charged Congress nominee Karti Chidambaram contesting from Sivaganga Lok Sabha seat and DMK’s Kanimozhi seeking election from here with being tainted by corruption.
He alleged the candidates nominated by Congress and DMK – the likes of Karti Chidambaram, Kanimozhi and A Raja (from Nilgiris) – were tainted by graft.
She added: “When BJP-led government returns to power at the Centre it would continue contributing even more for the growth of Tamil Nadu.”