Thiruvananthapuram: The BJP in Kerala on Tuesday promised voters it would bring in a special legislation to
tackle terrorism and organised crimes if voted to power in the
April 13 Assembly polls.
The party`s election manifesto, released by BJP central
spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy here, announced a slew of welfare
schemes covering various sections and projected the line of
development pursued by the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat
as a role model.
Central parity in pay for state employees, 10 per cent
reservation for the poor among the forward classes, a bill to
restore alienated land to tribals and formation of a body for
welfare of non-resident Keralites were some of the highlights
of the manifesto.
The party would give priority to develop a rail link to the
famed Sabarimala temple, visited by millions of devotees from
all parts of the country and abroad. Other major infrastructure
projects like Kochi Metro would be vigorously pursued, it said.
Squeezed between ruling LDF and opposition UDF, BJP has not
been able to open its account in the assembly so far but has
put up candidates in most of the 140 seats in Kerala, leaving
a few segments to its allies like JD(U).
The saffron party has been mounting a high-voltage campaign
exuding confidence of romping home in one or two segments like
Nemom in the state capital, where senior leader and former
Union minister O Rajagopal is locked in a three-cornered fight
with the LDF and UDF rivals.