The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its much-delayed manifesto on the 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.
Releasing the party manifesto, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said, "We have tried to address immediate problems faced by people such as price rise, employment, black money, policy paralysis and poor delivery or services."
"Food security and rural development will be addressed. We will work towards improving educational institutions and research. We will work for vocational training and development of skills. We have suggested improvement of taxation policy- we are facing tax terrorism at present," he added.
#BJPManifesto is like Las Vegas whatever happens in the manifesto stays only in the manifesto.
— ashwini chaudhary (@DhoopAshwini) April 7, 2014
Number of times these words appear in #BJPManifesto: Hindu: 1 Muslim: 1 Temple: 1 Science: 27 Technology: 58 I Checked!
— Keisar (@Kesar_) April 7, 2014
#BJPManifesto on Defence: FDI only in selected defence industries. Will encourage domestic industry, private sector participation
— Shereen Bhan (@ShereenYT) April 7, 2014
I don't agree with 33% reservation for women. Am strongly against the concept of reservations. #BJPManifesto
— Nikhil Pahwa (@nixxin) April 7, 2014
"Development" is mentioned 84 times; "Technology" 68 times ; "Governance" 34, "Youth" 23; "Hindu/Muslim/christian" 1 each, in #BJPManifesto
— Ashok (@nationalizer) April 7, 2014
#BJPManifesto: India set for an overhaul: Post independence: Before losing any more time for our youth/india to be a demographic dividend!
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) April 7, 2014
#BJPmanifesto is mere a trailer of Modi Raj; People like N Ram and many other liberal clowns are fretting... What will happen on 16th May ??
— Neerja Prasad (@123crush) April 7, 2014
— Rajrishi Singhal (@RajrishiSinghal) April 7, 2014
One of the most Talked about issue is building of Ram Mandir. There is much debate about it going on Twitter.
I support building the Ram Mandir ONLY if BJP builds at least 50 public toilets in each village of India before that. Priorities people.
— Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) April 7, 2014
Old ideas like Ram Mandir, Ram sethu, cow protection also find space. Guess some issues will never go away for the BJP. #BJPManifesto
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 7, 2014
What does the BJP manifesto say about the Ram Mandir? We don't know because the party hasn't bothered to release its manifesto yet.
— Namita Bhandare (@namitabhandare) April 4, 2014
The Copycat Manifesto of the BJP has only 1 original thought; the RSS philosophy of Hindutva; Ram Mandir, Art 370 etc. #Joke
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 7, 2014
98% of BJP manifesto talks about development, unity, governance but media is discussing Ram Mandir. Now who is communal?
— VivekAgnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) April 7, 2014
Don't Call It BJP Manifesto. Call It #CopyCatManifesto Including The Date. Nothing Original About It Except Ullu Banoing Again On Ram Mandir
— iAmMusa (@onlyursmusa) April 7, 2014
Is building the Ram Mandir,the only original thing in the #CopycatManifesto?
— Developed Scotchy (@scotchism) April 7, 2014
— Not That Gandhi (@SrAdolfHitler) April 7, 2014