Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh release BJP manifesto (Sankalp Patra) for Lok Sabha elections 2019, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
The first phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections 2019 is set to take place on Thursday. All political parties are intensely canvassing for the April 11 polls as today is the last day of campaigning for phase 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the BJP's manifesto in the presence of senior party leaders, including president Amit Shah who said the 'Sankalp Patra' makes 75 pledges and promises to fulfil all expectations of the people.
The 'Sankalp Patra' (document of resolution) comes three days before the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections begin on April 11. Congress released its 55-page manifesto last week. The 55-page Indian National Congress manifesto released by party President Rahul Gandhi took one year to put together and covers a vast range of issues from jobs, farmers, national security to even LGBTQ rights. Calling the BJP's manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls a "vision document", head of the party's manifesto committee Rajnath Singh said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fully committed on nationalism and zero tolerance towards terrorism.
He said the BJP was committed towards implementing a Uniform Civil Code in the country and all alternative options will be explored for the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh in the most conducive manner. The saffron party would ensure the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament with utmost respect to every state's cultural values, Singh said. For rural development, the BJP promised to spend Rs 25 lakh crore in the next five years.
"Will give Rs 6,000 yearly income support to farmers and pension to small and marginal farmers above 60 years of age," Singh said.
Meanwhile, parties will sweat it out today in Uttar Pradesh. BJP and Congress plan to hold mega rallies in several parts of western UP. Yogi Adityanath will address public meeting in Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Kairana and Baghpat constituencies, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and party General Secretaries and eastern UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi and western UP in-charge Jyotiraditya Scindia will hold public meetings in Saharanpur, Shamli and Bijnor.
The Lok Sabha election to 543 seats is scheduled to be held in seven phases beginning April 11 and concluding on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.
In the last five years, we have made all necessary efforts to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir through decisive actions and a firm policy. We are committed to overcome all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all the regions of the state.
We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370.
We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb.
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BJP manifesto 2019: Combating Left Wing Extremism
We have already taken strong actions to reduce left wing extremism to a very large extent and limited them to small pockets. We are committed to taking necessary and effective steps against left wing extremism to eliminate this menace in the next five years. In the last five years, we have focussed on the development of economic and social infrastructure such as roads, mobile towers, schools and medical facilities in the tribal areas affected by left wing extremism and we will continue to make efforts in this direction.
BJP manifesto 2019: Amendment Bill
We are committed to the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of individuals of religious minority communities from neighbouring countries escaping persecution. We will make all efforts to clarify the issues to the sections of population from the Northeastern states who have expressed apprehensions regarding the legislation. We reiterate our commitment to protect the linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of Northeast. Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs escaping persecution from India’s neighbouring countries will be given citizenship in India.
BJP Manifesto: Coastal Safety
After effectively strengthening coastal security through implementation of a coastal security scheme to provide modern equipment and allocating funds to the states for establishing coastal police stations, establishment of National Committee for Strengthening Maritime & Coastal Security, Island Information System and National Academy of Coastal Policing, we will continue to take steps for ensuring security of India’s long coastline.
BJP manifesto: Reinforcing Border Security
We will focus on creation of developmental and other necessary infrastructure in border areas to ensure that border security is strengthened, and to enable increased participation of and benefits for border areas in the country’s development and progress.
We have completed building six integrated check-posts with another under construction to facilitate easier trade and travel from the neighboring countries. We will further ease the movement of goods and people by constructing 14 more integrated check-posts by 2024. After completion of all the proposed integrated check-posts, all trade movement with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will be conducted through the integrated check-posts.
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There has been a huge change in the cultural and linguistic identity of some areas due to illegal immigration, resulting in an adverse impact on local people's livelihood and employment. We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority. In future we will implement the NRC in a phased manner in other parts of the country.
We will continue to undertake effective steps to prevent illegal immigration in the Northeastern states. For this, we will futher strengthen our border security. A pilot project on the use of technology to strengthen border security (Small Fencing) was implemented in Dhubri (Assam). We will implement this on all borders.
BJP manifesto: Modernization of Police Forces
We will continue to take forward the process of modernizing the Central Armed Police Forces to further increase their capacity and readiness and enable them to effectively combat internal security challenges.
We will provide assistance to the states to upgrade their police forces through the ‘Scheme for Modernization of Police Forces’. We will encourage expedited police reforms in the states so as to enable the State police forces to deal with new types of crimes like cyber crime and help them to be more sensitive to the citizens, especially the weak and vulnerable sections of the society.
BJP manifesto: Welfare of Soldiers
We have already demonstrated our commitment to the welfare of our veterans with the implementation of long delayed OROP. To take this commitment forward, we promise to create a more effective framework for the resettlement of soldiers three years before their retirement and in accordance with their preferences. This will include provision for skills training, financial support for higher education, for housing and for standing an enterprise.
BJP manifesto: National Security
Strengthening Armed Forces - We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defense related equipments and weapons. In order to equip the Armed Forces with modern equipment, we will continue to take focused steps to strengthen the strike capability of the Armed Forces.
Self-reliance in defence sector - In order to ensure self-reliance in procurement of defence equipment, we have taken several e
BJP manifesto: Zero-Tolerance Approach to Terrorism
Our security doctrine will be guided by our national security interest only. This is exempli
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BJP manifesto says security doctrine will be guided by our national security interest. Will give free hand to security forces in combating terrorism.
BJP manifesto: The manifesto promises to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution, which provide special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
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BJP manifesto: We will expand the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan scheme to cover all small shopkeepers. We are committed to bringing down the percentage of families living below the poverty line to a single digit in the next five years.
BJP is committed to 33% reservation in parliament & state assemblies for women: Rajnath Singh
We will increase the coverage of Ayushman Bharat to include all Anganwadi workers and ASHA workers to ensure improved health and social support system.
BJP is committed to 33% reservation in parliament & state assemblies through a constitutional amendment for women: Rajnath Singh
BJP Manifesto: Women's welfare and development will be accorded a high priority
BJP Manifesto: Women's welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is committed to 33% reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment
Foundation of New India: Open defecation free (ODF) status to all habitations.
— A strong metro network in 50 cities.
— Assistance to States by bharatmala 2.0 to develop road network.
We commit to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2025: Rajnath Singh
We aspire to make India the third largest economy of the world by 2030. This implies that we commit to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2025 and $10 trillion economy by 2032: Rajnath Singh
For all the farmers in the country, we will implement PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. We’d ensure pension for small and marginal farmers after 60 years of age: Rajnath Singh
We will strengthen the strike capability of the armed forces by equipping them with modern equipment. Besides, we will take effective steps to prevent illegal immigration in the Northeastern states: Rajnath Singh
The policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and extremism will continue to be firmly met.
Will facilitate construction of Ram Temple: Rajnath Singh
"We reiterate our stand to explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution to facilitate the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya," Rajnath Singh said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at party's election manifesto release: With all our promises, made in this manifesto, we are taking a step towards building a 'New India.'
"India has the fastest growing economy right now. And we now want to get to the top 3 countries in the world as far as economy is concerned," Rajnath Singh said.
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BJP release manifesto
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In these 5 years, the BJP has worked towards providing a decisive govt: Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah at party's election manifesto release: In these 5 years, the BJP has worked towards providing a decisive govt, under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
The country's hope has now changed to the expectation: Amit Shah
The journey that has gone up to 2014-19 has led to the overall development of the country. The country's hope has now changed to the expectation: Amit Shah
The Narendra Modi government has taken more than 50 steps in 5 years to be part of the history: Amit Shah
In 2014 India's economy was at 11th, today we are the world's sixth largest economy and are increasingly marching to become the 5th largest economy: Amit Shah
The journey of 2014-19 is such that whenever the history of India's development and goodwill in the world of India is written, these terms will be written in gold letters: Amit Shah
Most households in the country today have electricity. There are more than 8 crore toilets, 7 crore houses have been provided with gas connections, 50 crore free treatment for the poor has been ensured: Amit Shah
"All of the 4 lakh vacancies as on 1 April 2019 in the Central Government, Central Public Sector Enterprises, Judiciary and Parliament will be filled before the end of March 2020. Congress will request State Governments to fill all vacancies, estimated at 20 lakh, in the 2 sectors and in local bodies."
Congress party's manifesto focussed on
Public infrastructure and urban policy
Meanwhile, Priya Dutt, accompanied by brother Sanjay Dutt, is filing nomination from Mumbai North-West
Meanwhile, Priya Dutt, accompanied by brother Sanjay Dutt, is filing nomination from Mumbai North-West
The saffron party also promised to launch a scheme for providing two-wheelers to meritorious girl students upon completion of school education.
The party will give a one-time loan waiver for all outstanding loans taken by women Self Help Groups (SHG) and to create a fund of Rs 2,000 crore to provide interest-free loans upto Rs 3 lakh.
The manifesto released for the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly election in Odisha by BJP president Amit Shah, gave priority to women with the party promising provision of capital punishment for convicts, involved in the rape of minor girls below 15 years of age.
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BJP manifesto's likely to focus on 'National Security'
BJP manifesto's likely to focus on 'National Security'.
Congress' manifesto covered issues from jobs, farmers, national security to even LGBTQ rights
The 55-page Indian National Congress manifesto released by party President Rahul Gandhi took one year to put together and covers a vast range of issues from jobs, farmers, national security to even LGBTQ rights.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took a jibe at Congress for its manifesto, alleging that it seems to be blowing Pakistan's trumpet more than that of India. "For the first time, India carried out attacks across the border against the terrorist hotbeds. But Congress is asking for proof. People trust the armed forces but not Congress leaders. Congress is taking forward the propaganda which Pakistan want to spread across the world," he said at a rally.
"Congress' fraud document seems to be blowing the trumpet for Pakistan more than that of India. Congress has said that nobody can touch Article 370 (special status for Jammu and Kashmir) of the Constitution. The government in Pakistan has also been taking the same stand. What is the connection?" Modi asked.
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भाजपा राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री अमित शाह की अध्यक्षता व भाजपा संसदीय बोर्ड के सदस्यों की उपस्थिति में भारतीय जनता पार्टी 'संकल्प पत्र लोकसभा 2019' का विमोचन।