Lucknow, January 28: BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday evening released the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, which will be held in seven phases. The much awaited BJPs manifesto included construction of Ram Mandir, much debated triple talaq issue, closure of slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh and prevent situation like mass ‘exodus’ that allegedly took place in Kairana, Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh explains ‘the nature of campaign’ the right wing party has adopted for UP polls. It is quite noteworthy at the time when youths across Uttar Pradesh are talking about politics related to development, BJP is contesting the elections over the above communal lines. Also Read - Ward Boy, 46, Dies Day After Taking Shot of Covishield Vaccine in UP's Moradabad
As rightly said by senior journalist Saba Naqvi, “You don’t need HIGH IQ to figure out the nature of campaign of BJP for UP polls”, as the party has been consistently fighting the election on communal lines. Experts believe that raising such communal issue for UP polls shows that the BJP is worried about its future in the upcoming elections. Also Read - From West to East: Maharashtra’s Ruling Shiv Sena to Contest West Bengal Polls This Year
While releasing the manifesto, the BJP president said that the party will form the government in Uttar Pradesh with a two-third majority. Amit Shah also attacked the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party which have ruled Uttar Pradesh for at least 15 years. Also Read - Doubling Farmers Income Biggest Priority of Modi Govt: Amit Shah
Amit Shah said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would turn Uttar Pradesh into a developed state, the way it has developed other state under their government rule. This time BJP is attempting to return to power in UP after 15 years. In 2012, the party had won only 47 seats out of 403 seats, but in 2014 Lok Sabha election the party swept away 71 of the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats.
However, there are many promises that have been made by the BJP but what drew the attention of the most was the return of the Ram Mandir agenda in the BJP manifesto. After announcing most of the points from the manifesto, Amit Shah and his campaign team saved the Ram mandi announcement for the end and concluded his speech by pledging to work towards the construction of Ram Temple “under the provisions of the Constitution”. When Amit Shah was asked to elaborate on the steps the BJP government would take in the direction, he declined to elaborate.
Amit Shah also made reference to the Kairana ‘exodus’, without naming the issue or any particular community in his speech. But mentioned in his speech that the BJP in future will take some steps to prevent the “migration of certain communities” in “Western Uttar Pradesh”. Earlier there were reports that from Kairana, scores of Hindu families have been forced to migrate out of the city, by local goons of another community.The issue was largely discussed and there were expectations that it will be raked up by BJP during UP polls to garner votes in the communally sensitive regions.
Amit Shah also raised the issue of ‘Triple Talaq’ in its manifesto and said if his party returned to power in Uttar Pradesh, it will seek an opinion of the state’s Muslim women. He also promised that on the ‘triple talaq’ issue he will also approach the Supreme Court accordingly.
“If voted to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will seek the opinion of Muslim women in Uttar Pradesh on the triple ‘talaq’ issue, which is going on in the Supreme Court,” Shah said. The BJP president also promised that the slaughter houses would be closed down in the state.
Meanwhile, he also maintained that all schemes promised by the BJP in its manifesto will be implemented without any differentiation on the basis of caste or religion.
Other top promises in BJP’S Uttar Pradesh manifesto:
- Loans will be given to farmers on zero per cent.
- Farmers producing sugarcane to get all their dues within 120 days.
- Special Task Force to be set up soon to target land grabbing and the mining mafia in Uttar Pradesh.
- BJP will take necessary steps to ensure that a FIR is lodged within 24 hours of a person filing a complaint.
- After BJP comes to power all illegal slaughter houses will be shut down.
- Electric supply to all villages in the state for 24 hours.
- Free WiFi in colleges and universities across UP.
- Free laptops will be provided to students along with 1GB of free data.
- Garib Kalyan Card for poor with free health care facilities.
- Female police stations to be set up in every district of the state.