BJP releases Haryana poll manifesto, woos every section

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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