BJP manifesto promises sops for upper castes

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 22:02

Patna: BJP on Tuesday released its manifesto for
Bihar Assembly elections promising a slew of sops for the
upper castes, strict implementation of the ban on cow
slaughter and steps to uplift minorities and other sections.

The manifesto was released jointly by BJP leader M Venkiah
Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi and the state party
president C P Thakur here.
The document promised to carry forward the party`s vision
for development and mission for social justice, strengthen
infrastructure and make foodgrains tax free.

Modi later told reporters that if the party won it would
set up an Upper Caste Commission for suggesting measures for
socio-economic uplift of the economically backward among the
upper castes.

BJP would also lay special thrust on removing
encroachments on Waqf properties, launch special programmes
for promotion of education among girls of the minority
community and modernise education provided in madrasas by
linking it with technical education.

Modi said while BJP differed with its ally JD(U) on
ensuring reservation on religious lines as the Constitution
did not provide for it, there would be a common programme of
governance if NDA returned to power.
The manifesto also proposed to tone up the security system
in Bihar by ensuring computerisation of all police stations
for on-line registration of cases.

Modi said single window system would be introduced for
issuing licences and registration.

It also promised to give thrust to promotion of food
processing industries, review BPL lists to include deprived
households, ensure cash transfer of grants to beneficiaries
for poverty alleviation, social forest, dairy and poultry, and
set up small and cottage agro-based industries.

Fast track facility would be introduced for providing
employment to women, besides taking steps for setting up an
university for them and increasing the number of women
polytechnics.

He said special attention would be paid for introduction
of drinking water and sanitation policy in Bihar in the event
of BJP returning to power.

`Ramayan Circuit` would be introduced in Bihar along the
lines of the Buddhist circuit to promote tourism in the state,
he added.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 22:02

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