New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made a development pitch for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections in its manifesto released on Saturday. The “Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra 2017”, or people welfare’s resolve document, released by national president Amit Shah in Lucknow focused on farmers, youth, anti-corruption, law and order, and employment.
From reiterating the party’s commitment to the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya under constitutional provisions, zero interest loans for farmers, laptops with internet to youths, free education for girls till graduation and jobs for all, BJP’s UP manifesto sought to focus on all sections of the society and communities.
“Elections are going to be held in the largest state of India. In the manner in which the BJP workers have been travelling across the state in the last year to connect with the people and based on that feedback I want to say that the next government will be a BJP government with two thirds majority,” Shah told reporters at the launch.
“Every party goes to the people with their agenda. The BJP in UP this time made an effort to get to know the akanksha (aspirations) of the people of the state from all walks of life. We made an effort to know what the people want from the government. More than 30 lakh people were contacted through various modes including calls, videos, message boxes. There were over 5000 jan sabhas also,” he added while detailing on the manner in which the manifesto was made.
The key focus of the manifesto is improving the law and order situation in the state, taking the state out of the Bimaru tag, a double digit growth rate, ease of doing business, creating employment opportunities, promoting skilling and self employment, providing platform for start-ups and taking on corruption particularly in lower bureaucracy.
“For the past 15 years there have been SP (Samajwadi Party) or BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) governments in the state. In this time other states which were behind UP have now overtaken the state. At one point they were part of Bimaru states. We got an opportunity in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and these states are now out of that tag. Give BJP a chance and UP will also be taken out from the tag of being a Bimaru state,” he added.
The manifesto has several offerings for farmers including zero interest loans. “ In the future when a sugarcane farmer goes to sell his produce he will immediately get a cheque dated 14 days from the day. The BJP government will make sure that every kilogram of produce will be sold at fair prices. Krishi Suchai Scheme to be started with special focus on Bundelkhand,” Shah said adding that there would be specific development for both Bundelkhand and Purvanchal areas under the chief minister’s office.
Addressing the issue of law and order, the manifesto has promised filling up of vacancies in police forces, first information report within 24 hours, upgradation of Dial 100 services and special taskforce or taking on land mafia as well as on corruption. The manifesto reiterates Union government’s promise of cancelling interviews for Grade 3 and 4 employment recruitment for tackling corruption in jobs.
The manifesto states that opportunity will be created for 70 lakh jobs, empty government job positions will be filled, a start-up venture capital fund to be set up, laptops for youth with 1GB internet, free education up to graduation for girls and 12th class for boys, 10 new universities to be established and every college and universities to get free wifi.
Taking ahead its cashless push, the BJP has also promised to bring a ‘garib kalyan’ card to be benefit more than 1 crore people for water, food etc. It has promised 24 hour electricity in every household in the next five years, poor households to be given first 100 units of electricity at subsidized rates. On infrastructure it has promised new metro lines in Lucknow and Noida, metro services in Kanpur, Allahabad and construction of new airports.
BJP has also said it will launch the ‘anti-Romeo squad’ which to step up women safety specially against eve teasing outside college campuses. it will raise three women battalion for security of women.
In the document, the party has also spoken on the controversial triple talaq issue and said that if voted to power it will seek inputs from Muslim women in the state on the issue and put their opinion in front of the