New Delhi: With special focus on farmers and youth, the Bharatiya Janata Party released its manifesto for the upcoming Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018 in Raipur on Saturday. Notably, today was the last day of campaigning for the first phase of polling for 18 assembly seats in state which is scheduled to be held on Monday, November 12. The second phase, for the remaining 72 constituencies, will be held on November 20.

In its ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto), the ruling party promised two lakh pump connections to the farmers in next five years, scholarship schemes for students belonging to SC and ST . It also assured concrete houses for urban poor and rural families; unemployment allowances for unemployed youth.

After releasing the manifesto, BJP president Amit Shah lauded Raman Singh-led Chhattisgarh government and accused the Congress party of supporting naxalism. “Jis party ko naxalwaad mein kranti dikhai padti ho, naxalwaad kranti ka maadhyam dikhai padhta ho, woh party Chhattisgarh ka bhala nahi kar sakti,” Shah said. (Congress Toyed With National Security For Politics, Says Yogi Adityanath)

He claimed,” Raman Singh government has almost eradicated naxalism from the state and changed it in the past 15 years. Chhattisgarh used to be a backward state but the BJP has worked hard to change that. At present the state is a power hub, cement hub, aluminum hub, medical hub, etc. We are confident that Raman Singh will form a government for the fourth time in the state.”

State Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, who headed the BJP’s manifesto drafting committee had yesterday said,”BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ will be a game changer. The manifesto will put forth the vision for a new Chhattisgarh, which will be among the most developed states of the country by 2025.”

On being asked about the delay in releasing the manifesto, Agrawal had asserted that the party had reached out to the people with various teams travelling to different parts of the state to seek suggestions.

Earlier on Friday, Rahul Gandhi had  released Congress’ manifesto titled ‘Jan Ghoshna Patra’ for Chhattisgarh promising farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops and ban on liquor sales. The state will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20 and the result will be declared on December 11 along with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana.  A total of 1,291 candidates are in the fray for the two-phased state polls.