The Congress party on Tuesday unveiled its manifesto for the assembly elections next month, promising affordable housing, reduction in VAT rates, electricity connections to farmers, free tablets and laptops to students, among others.The party has promised a host of measures in the manifesto which, it said, would ensure development of common people, and not merely a few industrialists.
“The common man, and not selected industrialists, is at the centre of our manifesto. We will re-establish the rights of people which the BJP government has taken away,” Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia, said while unveiling the manifesto.
The Congress manifesto, announced just a day after that of the BJP, promises affordable houses and 100 sq yard plots to women in urban and rural areas respectively under the ‘Ghar Nu Ghar’ scheme. It also promises free tablets to students clearing class 10 and laptops to students clearing class 12.
The Congress said in the manifesto that it will implement the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations in totality, reduce VAT on petroleum products and ensure 16-hour power supply to farmers.
The party promised free lifesaving drugs and free treatment for serious ailments to citizens having annual income of up to Rs2 lakh. It also said that financial discipline would be adhered to by proper allocation of budgetary funds.
Modhwadia said that reservation for women in local self-government bodies would be increased from the existing 33% to 50% if the Congress is voted to power. He said that completion of Narmada project would be the biggest priority of the Congress government.
Modhwadia also used the opportunity to attack the BJP and described its manifesto as a ‘document packed with lies’.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who was present on the occasion, said that there is not a single promise in the manifesto which the party cannot fulfill.