BJP’s Last Minute Manifesto

The party launched its manifesto on 7th April, the day constituencies in two states went into polls
Hardnews Bureau Delhi

The BJP has finally released its manifesto after days of dilly-dallying and reports of a rift between senior leaders, including Murli Manohar Joshi and Narendra Modi. The manifesto has a clear imprimatur of Modi, largely centred on his so-called ‘vision’ of development which is still begging for clarity and solid facts. He has been continuously criticized for not having a clear cut idea on how to take the country forward, in terms of policies and action. As many political watchers say, “he only engages in bashing of the ruling regime without caring about the facts and figures. If you analyse his speech, most of what he says doesn’t reflect the actual reality of things on the ground.”

Meanwhile, even though the BJP has not compromised on its core Hindutva issues of Ram temple construction and a uniform civil code, the manifesto still goes on to claim that the party will ensure inclusive growth and development for all and calls for ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. Some of the main features of the manifesto:

Economy

Will work towards a trusting and conducive tax environment. Tax regime to be rationalized and simplified. Fiscal discipline would be adhered to and programmes like MNREGA would be linked to asset creation.

Encourage FDI in all sectors barring multi-brand retail.

Ensure minimum 50 per cent profit over cost of production for agricultural produce. Agro-food processing centres would be set up. No entry to GM foods.

Logistics and power to be key priorities. Single window clearances in Centre as well as states.

Global manufacturing hubs.

Development of 50 new tourists circuits.

Nation Integration

Bringing eastern parts on a par with the western parts of the country, special emphasis on issues plaguing the Northeast like Assam floods and lack of border infrastructure in Arunachal and Sikkim, return of Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir valley with dignity, discussions on Article 370 and justice to Seemandhra.

Minority welfare:

Equal opportunity in education and jobs without discrimination. National Madrassa modernisation programme would be launched to help students become fit for jobs and employment. 

Middle Class, Senior Citizens and Youth

Educational scholarship and medical insurance schemes. Impetus on middle-income housing, and effective public transport areas. Development of 100 new cities. Commitment to effective implementation of Right To Education and Food Security Act.