As the elections inch closer, smaller political parties have also upped the ante. With plans to field candidates from major constituencies in state, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Janta Dal United and Lok Jansatta Party have woven their manifestoes around social, political and moral issues.
These parties are focusing on employment, education, corruption- free Gujarat and health facilities in the state. Preparations to woo voters have started with rallies, public meetings and other activities. President of Gujarat unit of SP, Surendra Yadav, stated that the party is considering promising to bring down rates of value added tax in the state to give relief from price rise. The party has already declared its first list of 53 candidates across the state and is likely to declare second list on November 8.
“In our manifesto we would like to promise bringing down VAT rates, increasing number of schools, colleges and hospital facilities in rural areas, waiver of loans to farmers, insurance cover to senior citizens and also bringing down toll taxes within Gujarat after conducting a detailed study on the same,” Yadav added.
General secretary of JD-U, Govind Jadav, said they are planning to field candidates from around 50 assembly seats. “But main focus areas are Saurashtra and Kutch. We are making people aware about increase of corruption in Narendra Modi’s tenure and how he has made education out of reach for the economically weaker sections. Our manifesto would focus on offering education, health services, to mention a few,” he said.
Lok Jansatta Partywould focus on social harmony. “We are focusing on equality. Other points would be employment of literate and unemployed, education and health services and corruption-free state,” said Mukesh Gurjar of the LJP. He also said leader Ramvilas Paswan and his son might visit the state.