The Bharatiya Janata Party, three days ahead of the start of 2019 Lok Sabha polls on April 11; released its manifesto for general election 2019. With the tag line "Phir Ek Bar, Modi Sarkar,” top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, launched the manifesto, described by the party as its "Sankalp Patra”.
Calling them "75 promises for India@75,” the party said the manifesto reflected "people’s Mann Ki Baat. The BJP manifesto comes days after the main Opposition party Congress released its poll manifesto, promising several social and welfare schemes. They also promised a separate budget for farmers.”
Here are the key highlights from BJP’s elections manifesto:
Uniform Civil Code
Article 44 of the Constitution of India lists Uniform Civil Code as one of the Directive Principles of State Policy. BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft a Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times.
Citizenship Amendment Bill
The party stands committed to the Citizenship Amendment Bill. BJP reiterates its commitment to "protect the linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of North-East.”
The party reiterated its stand on Ram Mandir. The BJP in its manifesto said that they will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary efforts to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
PM-KISAN extended to all farmers in the country. BJP promises to double the income of farmers till 2022. 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. BJP says it will make an investment of Rs 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector. BJP also announced pension for small & marginal farmers on reaching 60 years of age.
The BJP has promised to ensure that the subject of faith, tradition and worship rituals related to Sabarimala are presented in a comprehensive manner before the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The manifesto said the party will endeavour to secure constitutional protection on issues related to faith and belief.
BJP’s security doctrine is guided by zero tolerance to terrorism. BJP promises to provide security forces with a free hand to curb extremism and terrorism. BJP promises to speed up purchase of outstanding defence related equipment and weapons.
National Register of Citizens
The manifesto states that 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. The party will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority and they will implement the NRC in a phased manner in other parts of the country.
Jammu & Kashmir Article 370
Promises the abrogation of Article 370. Also stands committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India. BJP says that article 35A is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ensuring welfare for poor
The party is committed to bringing down the percentage of families living below the poverty line to a single digit in the next five years. The party will also will ensure pucca houses for families either living in kuchha houses or without access to housing by 2022.
1.5 lakh health and welfare centre will opened by the BJP. 75 medical colleges and PG medical colleges to be opened. Will target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at Health and Wellness Centres by 2022.
The BJP will legislate a bill to prohibit and eliminate practices such as Triple Talaq and Nikah Halala. The manifesto further read that the party has determinedly taken substantive measures to ensure overall development of women and promote gender equality.
Committed to further revise the tax slabs and the tax benefits to ensure more cash and greater purchasing power in the hands of our middle income families.Aims to improve ‘Ease of Doing business’ ranking of the country. Aspires to make India the third largest economy of the world by 2030. BJP says it is committed make India a US $5 trillion economy by 2025 and US $10 trillion economy by 2032.
Reservation for women
Women’s welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government and the party is committed to 33 per cent reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment.
The party promises to set up National Traders Commission, which will be effective. Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi maandhan scheme will cover small shopkeepers.
Committed to bring transgenders to the mainstream through adequate socio-economic and policy initiatives. BJP says it will ensure self-employment and skill development avenues for transgender youth.
Here's the full manifesto announcement by BJP:
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