BJP releases Haryana poll manifesto, woos every section
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 17:45
Chandigarh: Projecting itself as a viable alternative to the Congress, the BJP here on Wednesday released its manifesto for the October 13 Haryana Assembly elections, in which it has tried to woo every section including farmers, youth, women and backward classes.

The manifesto of the BJP, which is contesting on all the 90 Assembly seats on its own, was released by its leaders including Arun Jaitley, Vijay Goel and State unit president Krishan Pal Gujjar.

The manifesto in Hindi, starts with alleged failures of the Congress government in the State.

The BJP, if it comes to power in the State, has promised to make the state crime-free, achieve a growth rate of 12 per cent, provide transparent and an honest regime, construct 'pucca' houses to those living in slums, free insurance to those living below the poverty line, reviving Haryanvi culture and Rs 15,000 per acre compensation to farmers whose crop is damaged by any natural calamity.

While alleging that many politicians and political parties have only politicised the SYL issue, the BJP has also promised to bring the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal waters into Haryana from Punjab.

Wooing the farmers, the party will provide every farmer with a soil health card, under which soil testing will be done every six months and a record for that will be maintained.

Assured power supply of 15 hours daily will be made available to the farmers, the manifesto said adding that an amount of Rs 1 crore per acre will be given to those whose land is acquired in the NCR region.

The farmers will be involved in fixing the Minimum Support Price rates for various crops, the party promised.

Establishing a veterinary university, power to every village, ensure quality and affordable education to every citizen, educational loans up to Rs 20 lakh to students wishing to study abroad, delivery of pension to old persons at their homes and landless backward classes will be given a loan of Rs 2 lakh at 4 per cent rate without having to give any kind of guarantee so that they could start their own small enterprise while jobs of Safai Karamcharis working on contract will be regularised.

Wooing the BPL category, BJP said that such families will be brought under the ambit of reservation. Word BPL will not be written on the houses of those living below the poverty line "as it is an insult to the poor". The party will strive to rid the state of poverty in five years time, it added.

For women, separate Industrial Training Institutes will be opened, widow pension will be given at Rs 1,000 and a widow will be given an assistance of Rs 40,000 to construct a house.

For senior citizens, the BJP promised to construct 'Bhavans' at various places, which will act as centres where they can entertain and relax, the manifesto said.

For the ruralites, the BJP promised to provide water connection in every household while more powers will be given to the Gram Panchayats. Efforts will also be made to promote rain water harvesting to arrest the decline in the water table levels.

The party has also enlisted various steps in its manifesto which it will take for ensuring urban development, in the field of education, health, law and order, for employees, in the field of sports, for journalists and ex-servicemen.

The BJP manifesto on its cover carries the photos of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and BJP President Rajnath Singh besides that of Gujjar.

The party has entered the poll fray seeking power with its slogan "Sabko Parkha Baar Baar, Aab Ki Bar Bhajpa Sarkar" (Others have been tested repeatedly, it is time to give BJP a chance to form the government).

The 16 page manifesto promises something or the other to various sections of the society besides taking potshots at the ruling Congress alleging that the party led regimes at the Centre and in Haryana had failed on all fronts, including checking rising prices of essential commodities, foriegn policy and tackling terrorism.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 17:45

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