BJP, today released its Sankalp Patra or manifesto for Lok Sabha poll in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other senior BJP leaders with three days left for the first phase of seven-phase Lok Sabha polls.
The manifesto, presented by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was the chairman of BJP’s manifesto panel in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj where he stressed on various factors such as national security, border security, terrorism, farmer welfare, the construction of Ram Mandir and Article 370 among others.
Titled ‘Sankalp Bharat Sashakt Bharat’ the BJP manifesto is what the party promises to implement if voted back to power.
Listing 75 milestones that India will achieve till 2022 when the nation celebrates 75 years of independence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh listed a slew of announcements ranging from a pension scheme for traders to abrogation of Article 370.
Here’s a list of 10 promises by the BJP that is expected to grab the attention of the voters the most.
– Jammu & Kashmir
The party reiterates its position to annul Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Manifesto says that “We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb.”
–Reinforcing Border Security
The party promises to provide security forces with a free hand to curb extremism and terrorism and to speed up the purchase of outstanding defence related equipment and weapons.
Mentioning the Surgical strike and recent Balakot air strikes, the manifesto said, “Our security doctrine will be guided by our national security interest only. This is exemplified by the Surgical Strikes and the Air Strikes carried out recently. We will firmly continue our policy of Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism.”
The manifesto also talked about strengthening of Armed Forces by speeding up the purchase of defence equipment and weapons.
–Doubling farmers’ income
All efforts to achieve the goal of doubling farmer’s income by 2022 will be made with an investment of 25 lakh crore in Agri-rural sector.
Interest-free Kisan Credit Card loans to be distributed to farmers – “We will provide sho-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.”
PM-KISAN to be extended to all farmers in the country. BJP also announced pension for small & marginal farmers on reaching 60 years of age.
– Citizenship Amendment Bill
The party affirmed its commitment to enact the Citizenship Amendment Bill in order to “protect the linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of North-East along with granting citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs escaping persecution from India’s neighbouring countries trying to make efforts to clarify the issues to the sections of population from the Northeastern states who have expressed apprehensions regarding the legislation
The party 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.
–Uniform Civil Code
The Manifesto read – Article 44 of the Constitution of India lists Uniform Civil Code as one of the Directive Principles of State Policy. 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 Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times.
The party planned to set up a National Traders Commission, which it hopes to be an effective mechanism. A Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan scheme will cover small shopkeepers.
BJP says it is committed to bringing transgenders to the mainstream through adequate socio-economic and policy initiatives, adding that it will ensure self-employment and skill development avenues for transgender youth.
1.5 lakh health and welfare centre will be opened, along with 75 medical colleges and PG medical colleges. The manifesto mentions of provisions of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at Health and Wellness Centres by 2022.
BJP says it is committed to further revise the tax slabs and the tax benefits to ensure more cash and greater purchasing power in the hands of our middle-income families. The manifesto aimed to improve ‘Ease of Doing business’ ranking of the country. BJP says it aspires to make India the third largest economy of the world by 2030, adding that it is committed to make India a US $5 trillion economy by 2025 and the US $10 trillion economy by 2032.
While the BJP leaders hailed the party’s commitment towards development, Opposition parties targeted the ruling party for making fake promises to the people of the country as it did before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections