BJP manifesto release : ‘One mission, one direction’ is our mantra: PM Modi



The ruling party promised pension for small and medium farmers and shopkeepers, days after the Congress vowed to bring about several welfare measures, including a grant of Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20% households in the country, if voted to power.

rime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the release of Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019, in New Delhi, Monday, April 08, 2019.

Releasing the BJP Sankalp Patra, or manifesto, for Lok Sabha elections 2019 on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was moving ahead with ‘one mission and one direction. He said the development had to be flexible to suit the country’s diversity, it had to be multi-layered and multi-directional.

The party manifesto charted 75 milestones India @75 had to achieve, chief focus being on the farm sector, education, health and infrastructure.

Party chief Amit Shah said, “In five years, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken 50 major decisions for the betterment of the country. From 2014-19, our government has transformed the country… these have been the golden years”

Nationalism, farmers, youth- Focus of BJP’s 75-point manifesto
BJP released the party manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Others present at the function were ministers Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders.


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The ruling party promised pension for small and medium farmers and shopkeepers, days after the Congress vowed to bring about several welfare measures, including a grant of Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20% households in the country, if voted to power.

Members of the BJP’s parliamentary board, its apex body, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah were present at the launch of the manifesto in New Delhi.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had on Sunday unveiled campaign themes and other materials of the party’s election campaign. The party has chosen the slogan “Phir ek baar Modi sarkar” as its election tagline and its campaign will revolve around the Narendra Modi-led government’s achievements in the past five years.

And the Congress, on its part, has adopted the official campaign tagline of “Ab Hoga NYAY”, centred around its minimum income guarantee scheme and party president Rahul Gandhi.

The BJP crowdsourced its manifesto and held events across the country to get inputs from different sets of voters like farmers, youths, women, businessmen and others.


Union home minister Rajnath Singh-led manifesto committee of the BJP had decided to form 15 sub-panels to reach out to the different group of voters in January this year.

The 20-member Manifesto Committee includes Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Piyush Goyal, and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. It also has former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Modi, his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, Keshav Prasad Maurya, among its members.

Polling will be held in seven phases across the country from April 11 to May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.



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MP polls: Rajnath Singh takes dig at Congress manifesto; says party ‘holding on to cow’s tail’ for survival in state

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that the Congress in Madhya Pradesh has now latched onto the cow for its survival.

The Congress, in its manifesto for the 28 November Assembly elections, has promised to build cow shelters across the state.

“Congress leaders are now doing temple-hopping as they know that the party cannot achieve anything on its own. They are kneeling before God and holding onto cow’s feet,” Singh said, addressing campaign rallies in Sagar, Morena and Gwalior region. They are holding on to the cow’s tail and promising to build shelter homes for cows,” he said.

“For us (the ruling BJP) cow is not an election issue. Temple and cow are crucial parts of our culture,” he added.

Saying that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the first choice of people, the senior BJP leader alleged that the “Congress does not like him as he is born in a simple family.”

The opposition party is yet to choose its chief ministerial candidate while the BJP has renominated Chouhan, Singh said.

When he campaigned in the state during 2003 elections, “there was darkness under the regime of then chief minister Digvijay Singh, now there is brightness (electricity) in each household,” he said.

Under the Congress rule from 1993-2003, agricultural grown rate of the state was three percent, which has now soared to 20 percent, while the per capita income has risen to Rs 80,000 from Rs 15,000, the Union minister said.




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BJP paradrops big guns ahead of Chhattisgarh face-off

Shah released the party’s manifesto in Raipur, lauding the three-term government of chief minister Raman Singh for the developmental work it had done for the state once referred to as ‘BIMARU’.

On the final day of campaign for the first phase of polling in Chhattisgarh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) para-dropped big guns to ensure that the opposition Congress party felt the heat. BJP chief Amit Shah and Hindutva mascot Yogi Adityanath, led the attack from the front.

Shah released the party’s manifesto in Raipur, lauding the three-term government of chief minister Raman Singh for the developmental work it had done for the state once referred to as ‘BIMARU’ (original acronym coined in the 1980s for the four states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh that were economically backward).

“The Congress ruled the country for 55 years, but it is the BJP which is working hard to ensure that the fruits of development reach the last person in the society. The manifesto for the fourth term in office has been prepared by consulting all sections of the society. I assure you that all promises made will be honoured,” Shah said.

Raman Singh, who is seeking re-election for a fourth term, told reporters: “The Congress used farmers like vote banks. They did nothing for farmers in the past 60 years. This year, we will buy 80 lakh quintals of wheat from farmers.” Singh was congratulated by his party president for making the state of Chhattisgarh “almost Naxalism-free”.

“The BJP government under chief minister Raman Singh has contained naxalism and made the state almost free of it. A party that feels naxalism is a medium for revolution cannot do any good for Chhattisgarh,” Shah accused the Congress.

Shah’s statement was in reference to Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar’s comments in Raipur last Saturday, when he said, “Naxals had launched a ‘revolution’ which cannot be stopped through guns but resolved through talks.” Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath was also unsparing in his attack against the Congress.

Addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh’s Lormi, Adityanath said: “The Congress encouraged naxalism for its gains, but when it became dangerous for the security of people, it was the BJP which had to deal with the issue sternly. The Congress has been encouraging Naxalism actively and covertly.”

Adityanath accused the grand old party of jeopardising the nation’s security. “The Congress, for its own gains, played with the security of the country, be Chhattisgarh or Jharkhand, where the issue was of giving asylum to naxalites, or using states like Kashmir for political benefits. But for the BJP, national security is of prime importance, hence we never accepted toying with it,” Yogi said.

The BJP’s Hindutva posterboy, who has been championing the cause of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, raised the issue in battleground Chhattisgarh, too.

Adityanath said: “While it is a known fact that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya, the matter is pending before the Supreme Court. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had petitioned before the court that a decision should not have been taken over the issue before 2019.”

He further alleged, “The Congress should be asked if they are related to Lord Ram or with foreign invader Babur. Congress has no idea about the country’s respect and prestige. The Congress has always played with national security and is now coming to you for votes.”

The first phase of polling to 18 out of the 90 Assembly segments in Chhattisgarh takes place on November 12.




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AAP declares manifesto for upcoming Rajasthan elections


  • AAP declared its manifesto today in Jaipur
  • The rally was held at Ramlila Maidan
  • The manifesto was announced in the presence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) declared its manifesto for the upcoming Rajasthan elections at a rally in Jaipur today.

The party had sought and received permission to hold the rally at the Ramlila Maidan.

The manifesto was announced in the presence of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who held his first election rally in Rajasthan.


The Aam Aadmi Party has already announced that it will contest on all 200 assembly seats during the upcoming polls in Rajasthan.

Media in-charge for AAP Gopal Sharma had earlier said, “Arvind Kejriwal will hold his election rally at the Ramleela Maidan in Jaipur on October 28. He will hold seven-eight rallies in Rajasthan in the run-up to the polls.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, apart from other known members, will be campaigning in Rajasthan.

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TRS manifesto : To benefit over 1.2 cr more people in addition to current 1.5 cr in State

Reaching out to the unreached, the TRS manifesto, unveiled by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, has targeted direct benefit to over 1.2 crore more people in the State.

This will be in addition to about 1.5 crore beneficiaries who had already been reaping the benefits under the multiple State-sponsored schemes. With much more expected from the final manifesto due to be released after Dasara, the TRS, thanks to its strong loyalty enjoyed by the State’s electorate, stands in great advantage over its rivals in the run-up to the polls.

The projected total population of Telangana is about 3.8 crore as per 2018 estimations of the Election Commission of India.

Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday announced 10 major schemes revealing partial manifesto of the TRS. Notable among them are farm loan waiver, unemployment dole, relaxation of age limit for old-age pensions, honorarium for Rythu Samanvaya Samithis (RSS) members, double bedroom houses, subsidised loans for women Self Help Groups (SHGs) for setting up food processing units, among others.

Loan waiver
Nearly 45.5 lakh of 72 lakh-odd farmers availed crop loans and around 42 lakh farmers obtained loans of less than Rs 1 lakh. The Chief Minister announced that the TRS government will waive all these loans. Further, about 49.49 lakh farmers in the State are already benefiting from Rythu Bandhu benefits and the TRS party has promised to enhance input assistance under the scheme from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per acre, per annum. Farmers who are members of Rythu Samanvaya Samithis numbering 1.62 lakh will also receive honorariums.

Under the social welfare schemes, the decision to hike Aasara pensions from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,016 for differently-abled persons and from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,016 for other beneficiaries would directly benefit nearly 40 lakh existing beneficiaries. In addition, another 8 lakh people will benefit from the old-age pensions following relaxation of age limit from 65 years to 57 years proposed by the TRS after returning to power.

In-depth research
The TRS Manifesto Committee worked out the schemes after in-depth study of the government records and the Integrated Household Survey (IHHS) conducted by the State government among others. As per the IHHS estimations, there are about 11-12 lakh unemployed youth in the State who will now benefit from the unemployment dole scheme (Rs 3,016 per month). Similarly, around 8.25 lakh families from poor families are in need of houses under the double-bedroom housing scheme. The TRS government’s plans to facilitate establishment of at least one food processing unit for every two Assembly constituencies, is also likely to benefit at around 2-3 lakh women of 70 lakh members of women SHGs.

As per government records, the TRS government has extended welfare benefits to about 1.5 crore individuals directly, where about 45 per cent of the State population had benefited from a minimum of three TRS government programmes. In many cases, the individuals have reaped benefits of 15 government schemes.

In fact, individual beneficiaries of various government programmes when tallied, total up to a massive 6,92,46,598, which is nearly twice the 3.8 crore population in the State. The State government is estimated to have pumped in a whopping Rs 2,18,377 crore into these 40 major schemes and programmes in the last four and half years.



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Farm loan waiver to increase in Rythu Bandhu incentive: TRS releases partial manifesto

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Tuesday announced a basic outline of its manifesto for the upcoming elections in the state, with caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao holding a three-hour long meeting with the party’s Manifesto Committee at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, KCR said, “We discussed several issues pertaining to the people. We took into consideration what the people want and what their main demands were. Instead of looking for votes, we took a rational approach and saw what the need of the hour is. Whatever we promise, we will fulfill.”

Highlighting the achievements of his government, he also lashed out at opposition parties, saying, “Whatever people say, we are the ones who fought for Telangana.”

For farmers, KCR said that the TRS would waive off agricultural loans worth Rs 1 lakh while adding that it would increase the incentive under the ‘Rythu Bandhu’ scheme to Rs 10,000 per acre of land. A recently-launched flagship scheme of the government, Rythu Bandhu gives farmers an incentive of Rs 4,000 for each acre of land as investment for the crop.

The TRS also promised to promote food processing units with the help of subsidies, which it claimed will also indirectly help farmers. “To stop adulteration, we’ll engage women in the food processing industry. Every constituency will have a food processing unit,” KCR said.

Speaking about the Aasara Pension scheme, a welfare scheme which provides pension to certain sections of the society, KCR said that close to 40 lakh people were already benefiting under the programme. “We’ll decrease the age limit to 57. This will result in 8 lakh more people getting added to the scheme. The cost will increase, but we will bear it. Pension amount will also increase from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,016. Meanwhile, for people with disabilities, the amount will be increased to Rs 3,016 from Rs 1,500,” KCR said.

The caretaker CM also said that a ‘growth engine’ would be established for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people in the state and an amount of Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 15,000 crore for the same. He also assured that a corporation would be set up for the Reddy and Vyshya community.

He also said that after further discussion, the TRS would come out with a more detailed manifesto.

The state Legislative Assembly was dissolved on September 6 after Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan accepted a recommendation by the state cabinet. Immediately after meeting the Governor, KCR met with reporters at Telangana Bhavan on the same day and released a list of 105 TRS candidates. What was especially seen as a political gamble, was the party chief’s decision to renominate almost all sitting MLAs.

While the TRS won 63 seats out of the total 119 in the Legislative Assembly during the 2014 elections, it presently has close to 90 MLAs in its party after a series of defections. There has been some infighting within the party since the announcement of the candidates, and KCR’s son and caretaker Minister KT Rama Rao has been put in charge internally to pacify all agitated leaders.

The elections for the 119-member Legislative Assembly is scheduled to be held on December 7 and the counting will take place on December 11.



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Unemployment dole and other welfare measures in TRS manifest

IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday stated that the ensuing elections were referendum to the TRS government’s development agenda and Congress party’s credibility among people. He assured that the TRS would develop Vemulawada into a temple city over the next four-five years after retaining power in the State.

Addressing the Congress and BJP leaders from erstwhile Karimnagar district who joined TRS at his camp office in Hyderabad on Saturday, Rama Rao dared the Congress leadership to declare that the elections were a referendum to their work and credibility as the main Opposition party in the State. “In the past four and half years, the TRS government took up several development projects and welfare schemes. Rather than playing the role of main Opposition entrusted by the people of the State, the Congress leaders were interested only in obstructing the development projects by the TRS government. People will teach them a lesson for their deeds,” he predicted.

The Minister lashed out at the Congress and BJP for injustice done to Telangana State over several decades. He held the Congress responsible for sad condition of the region, he blamed the BJP government for injustice done to the State in the last four and half years. He accused BJP National President Amit Shah for taking credit for the State development without even fulfilling the promises made under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. “People of Telangana do not believe in communal and religious politics. Instead, they believe in development. The TRS government had not only ensured religious equality but also took up numerous development programmes which will won support from people in a large scale,” he added.

Rama Rao said an action plan has been prepared for development of Sri Rajarajeswara Swamy temple at Vemulawada besides laying foundation for several development programmes including Outer Ring Road, new bus terminal and tourism projects. He assured that the temple city will be developed on all spheres over next four-five years. He reiterated that TRS leadership does not fear Delhi-based politics as its bosses were people on the streets of Telangana State.

TRS candidate from Vemulawada Chennamaneni Ramesh and several other senior TRS leaders were present. BJP Karimnagar Parliamentary Constituency convener Y Srinivasa Rao, Congress senior leader Sridhar Rao, Rajanna-Siricilla district BJYM secretary Shashank and 300 others Congress and BJP leaders as well as activists joined TRS on the occasion.



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