The BJP today promised to make Chhattisgarh a “Naxal-free” state and give pension to small and marginal farmers, as the ruling party released its manifesto for the upcoming state assembly polls. Seeking a fourth straight term in the tribal-dominated state, the party also promised to set up multi-speciality hospitals and take the state towards prosperity.
BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Raman Singh here released the party’s manifesto, called ‘Sankalp Patra’, two days ahead of the first phase of voting on November 12.
Shah said in the last 15 years, the BJP under Raman Singh had transformed Chhattisgarh from a BIMARU (laggard) state to a developed one and will now take it “towards prosperity”.BIMARU — an acronym formed with the first letters of the names of the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh — was coined in the mid-1980s to refer to the poor economic conditions prevailing in those states.
He claimed,” Raman Singh government has almost eradicated naxalism from the state and changed it in the past 15 years. Chhattisgarh used to be a backward state but the BJP has worked hard to change that. At present the state is a power hub, cement hub, aluminum hub, medical hub, etc. We are confident that Raman Singh will form a government for the fourth time in the state.”
In its `Sankalp Patra’, the BJP promised two lakh pump connections to the farmers in next five years, scholarship schemes for students belonging to SC and ST. It also assured concrete houses for urban poor and rural families; unemployment allowances for unemployed youth.