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BJP sings paeans about its manifesto while it earns consternation from its opponents

Monday, 7 April 2014 - 7:23pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: ANI

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravishankar Prasad on Monday, stated that the manifesto of the BJP futuristic, while the opposition poked holes on BJP's assertions.

"Today's manifesto released by the BJP is a blueprint on how to develop the nation. While on the other hand it is the Congress, which has bequeathed on the country, where people feel themselves unsafe and unhappy. Our manifesto is aimed to turn the tide on all such ills, to bring growth, development of the infrastructure, end licence raj and usher in prosperity in the North-East," Naqvi said.

"Narendra Modi has assured that he will not do any work with any vengeance and will ensure that all sections of the society get the fruits of development," Naqvi added.

Congress leader Shobha Oza, on Monday, came down hard against the BJP's manifesto and called it as a document which has been somehow put in place after going through the Congress' manifesto. She discounted the manifesto of not having anything new in it.

"The biggest unfortunate incident about BJP's manifesto is that the BJP has made it public just when the people casts their ballot on the beginging of the first phase of polling. Moreover, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is not even ready to give any answers posed by the media," Oza said.

"Thirdly, there is nothing new in the BJP's manifesto. They have read the Congress' manifesto and have just preapred a document based on that," Oza added.

Similarly, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia, on Monday, questioned BJP's plan bringing the issue of Ram temple back into its fore.

"I think there is confusion with the BJP. On one hand they talk about taking science to every villages of this country, while at the same time it talks about constructing Ram temple at Ayodhya which is in their core agenda, when the entire world has moved on which is shameful,"
Sidodia said.

"They have not mentioned a single word on how to deal with corruption. They have not clarified anything as to whether the Lokpal brought by the central government or they like the Lokpal of Rahul Gandhi. Why they are making absurd statements when the constitution doesn't guarantee
construction of a temple. I think the BJP is going back on its core issue of Hindutva ideology," Sisodia added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its much-delayed manifesto on a day India began voting for a new government in the first of a nine-phase general election.

"Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat" (One India, great India) and "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas" are the main slogans of the 40-page manifesto. The party promises economic revival, development for all as its poll plank.

The BJP has also reiterated in the manifesto about its stand to explore all possibilities within framework of Constitution to facilitate construction of 'Ram Mandir' in Ayodhya.

The Election Commission on Sunday made it clear that there is no bar on a party to release its manifesto on a poll day, but it cannot be publicised or telecast in areas where elections are being held. 

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