BJP releases populist manifesto in RajasthanNovember 29th, 2008 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Nov 29 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday released a populist manifesto in Rajasthan that targets every section of the society.Released by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, the manifesto makes a litany of promises for all sections of the society. Elections to the 200-seat state assembly are scheduled Dec 4.
The BJP in its 26-page document has offered to provide wheat at Rs.2 per kg to 2.5 million people living below poverty line, while it promises grain at Rs.5 a kg to 2.5 million middle class families. Presently, wheat is available for Rs.12 per kg in the market.
The party has promised cheap electricity and loans to farmers. The BJP said, if re-elected to power, it would launch a “Ladli Lakshmi Yojna” aimed at curbing female infanticide in the state.
Under the scheme, the government will open a fixed deposit account in the name of a newly born girl. The deposit would have a value of Rs.50,000 when the girl turns 21.
It also promises free education to girls till graduation. The party has promised to provide food under the mid-day meal scheme to students up to class 12. At present, it is offered to students studying between class 1 and 7.
The document promises doubling of seats in colleges and offers to provide financial and other assistance to eminent sports persons. Free bus passes will also be provided to the students till the graduation level, the party has promised.
For unorganized workers, the manifesto promises a pension scheme and offers to provide 1 million jobs to the youths. For families living below poverty line, the party proposes a medical insurance scheme.