BJP manifesto present major thrust on farmers, small traders

The BJP today released its Lok Sabha election manifesto in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Top BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were also present at the event.

In the 48-page manifesto, the BJP has laid out its vision in the field of agriculture, education, small traders and robust nationalism for the next five years. Presenting the BJP manifesto, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the BJP drafted the Lok Sabha election manifesto after constituting a committee headed by Rajnath Singh himself and 12 other sub-committees.

“The manifesto is a vision document of 130 crore people of the country. We approached the people with 300 raths, Mann ki Baat programmes, and social media to consult them over the manifesto,” Rajnath Singh said.

The BJP manifesto mentions the scrapping of the Article 370 which gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP has also promised to scrap Article 35A which provides special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

The BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto promises to hold simultaneous elections for Parliament, State assemblies and local bodies to reduce expenditure. The BJP manifesto also talks about a single voter list to avoid confusion so that everyone gets a chance to exercise their right to vote for all public bodies.

The BJP manifesto also has a clause reserved for the Ram Mandir and promises to construct the Ram Mandir within the framework of the Constitution. For the small trader, the BJP manifesto promises to establish National Traders’ Welfare Board and create a National Policy for Retail Trade for the growth of retail businesses. To protect the interests of small traders, the BJP manifesto promises to provide an accident insurance of 10 lakh rupees to all traders registered under GST.

Salient points of BJP’s manifesto

  • Rs 6000 yearly income support to all farmers, under Kisan Samman Nidhi
  • Pension facility to small and marginal farmers after 60 years of age
  • Short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount
  • Will try that the Ram Mandir be built as soon as possible in a harmonious environment.
  • 75 new medical colleges and post graduate colleges will be established
  • Rs 25 lakh crore to be spent on rural development in next five years
  • Strike capabilities of armed forces will be strengthened by giving them modern equipment
  • Committed to annulling Article 35 A of Constitution, provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents of J&K

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