Rajnath Singh slams CPI(M) manifesto over nuke disarmament promise: ‘Pak, China have it’ | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Rajnath Singh slams CPI(M) manifesto over nuke disarmament promise: ‘Pak, China have it’

Apr 17, 2024 05:28 PM IST

“Atal ji gave India the status of a nuclear power… You want to weaken India's power,” Rajnath Singh accused Opposition.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday questioned the Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s election manifesto that pledged to dismantle India's nuclear weapons, accusing it of compromising national security. He also sought clarity from the Congress party on the issue.

File: Rajnath Singh addresses a public meeting.(Pushkar Singh Dhami-X)
File: Rajnath Singh addresses a public meeting.(Pushkar Singh Dhami-X)

In an election rally in Kasaragod, Singh said, “CPI(M) has released its manifesto in which they have said that if they come to power, they will destroy India's nuclear weapons. I want to ask the Congress party what will you do with this promise of CPI(M).”

Unlock exclusive access to the latest news on India's general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now! Download Now!

ALSO READ- ‘PM Modi an instrument of 5-6 big rich businessmen’: Rahul Gandhi in Kerala

In Kerala, there is a triangular battle for Lok Sabha seats between the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), CPI(M)-led LDF and BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The CPI(M) in its manifesto has said that there will be "complete elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological weapons".

ALSO READ- 'PM Modi spoke to…': Rajnath Singh says Russia-Ukraine war ‘stopped for 4.5 hrs’

“Atal ji gave India the status of a nuclear power by conducting not one but five successful nuclear tests,” the senior BJP leader said, accusing the Opposition of wanting to weaken India's power.

He said that since Pakistan and China too have nuclear weapons, “talking about destroying India's nuclear weapons is nothing less than playing with the country's security.”

ALSO READ- TMC election manifesto: Mamata Banerjee's 10 promises include ‘no to CAA, NRC, Uniform Civil Code’

“This is a conspiracy to weaken the country's security,” Singh alleged.

Singh attacked both UDF and LDF, alleging that they have "looted the people of Kerala in their successive regimes."

He said, "Now they are planning a joint ‘Money Heist’ at the centre. We will not let this happen. The people of India have decided 'Abki Baar Chaar Sau Paar' (this time, we will cross the 400 mark)."

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in Kerala on April 26 and the results will be declared on June 4.

Tell us what your First Vote will stand for in a short video & get a chance to be featured on HT’s social media handles. Click here to know more!

Get Current Updates on India News, Elections 2024, Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live, Delhi Election 2024 Live, Election 2024 Date, Weather Today along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, May 27, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On