Jobs, farm distress main poll issues, not national security though it is important: Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday said national security is an important issue but the issues dominating the narrative in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections were unemployment and farm distress.

Unveiling a report on national security by a task force headed by Lieutenant General (retd) D S Hooda, the Congress said it would be “completely wrong” to say that national security was dominating the poll narrative, though it is an important issue.

The Congress unveiled the report in the presence of senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh and said that its approach towards national security is “not ad hoc and not impulsive”.

“As far as the election narrative is concerned, the number one issue remains unemployment. The number two issue is farm distress and the number three issue is security of various sections of the people, women, Dalits, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, forest dwellers, journalists, academicians and NGOs,” Chidambaram told reporters. (AGENCIES)