New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its election manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls at the party headquarters in the national capital. Titled “Sankalpit Bhatar Sashakt Bharat”, the manifesto encompasses 75 poll promises and focuses on overall development of the nation.
Released in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other seniors leaders, the manifesto includes a slew of promises such as the construction of Ram Mandir and abrogation of article 370. The 45-page manifesto also promises to provide a pension for small and marginal farmers to ensure social security after 60 years of age and zero tolerance towards terrorism.
BJP chief Amit Shah at the manifesto launch event said, “BJP manifesto was prepared after consulting 6 crore people. We are going forward with 75 resolutions that we can fulfil by the year 2022 when India completes 75 years of independence.”
Outlining the main highlights of the 45-page BJP manifesto, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who also headed a 20-member manifesto committee, said, “With all our promises, made in this manifesto, we are taking a step towards building a ‘New India.”
Here is the list of top takeaways from BJP’s manifesto:
Zero-Tolerance Approach to Terrorism BJP’s security doctrine will be guided by national security interest only. The party promises to firmly continue their ‘Zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow the policy of giving a free hand to security forces in combating terrorism.
Abrogation of Article 370 BJP reiterated their position to the abrogation of Article 370. Further, the party has also committed to annul Article 35A of the constitution of India, as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir, the manifesto read.
Doubling Farmers’ Income In its manifesto, the ruling party promised to double the farmers’ income by next year. Pension to small and marginal farmers to ensure social security after 60 years of age.
Goods and Service Tax BJP will continue with the simplification of the GST process by engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders.
Uniform Civil Code BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft a Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times.
Ram Mandir BJP reiterated their stand on Ram Mandir. “We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary efforts to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya,” the manifesto read.
Women Empowerment To ensure gender equality, the BJP will legislate a bill to prohibit and eliminate practices such as Triple Talaq and Nikah Halala. Further, to generate better work opportunities, 10% material to be sourced for government procurement will be done from MSMEs having at least 50 per cent women employees in their workforce.
Entrepreneurship & Starts-Ups To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youth, BJP will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to 50 lakh for entrepreneurs. The party will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs.
Jal Shakti BJP has promised to form a new Ministry of water. “We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special programme, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water for every household by 2024,” the poll promise read.
Other promises include citizenship amendment bill, stop illegal migration fully, clean Ganga by 2022 etc.