Just three days before the Lok Sabha elections 2019 starts, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its much-awaited manifesto. The BJP, whose election campaign is centered around nationalism and Hindutva, has made 75 promises to celebrate the 75th Independence Day. The BJP has once again repeated its 2014 promise to build a mega Ram Temple in a conducive environment. The BJP has titled its manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’ and it was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah along with other members of the party’s Parliamentary board members.
Below are the highlights of BJP's manifesto launch event:
"India is a diverse country with different languages and culture, which is why we have tried to make our developmental processes multi-layered," says Modi.
"We want the people to hold us accountable and hence we have set out to achieve 75 goals (for the 75 years of independence) by 2022," says PM Modi.
Nationalism is our inspiration, uplifting the marginalised is our vision, good governance is our mantra. To run a national policy we need to work on a multi-dimensional level and that has been included in a 'Sankalp Patra', says PM Modi.
We will form a separate ‘jal shakti’ ministry, announces PM Modi.
We have set 75 well-defined resolutions in our manifesto that we can fulfil in a time bound manner, says PM Modi.
PM Modi talks about ‘one mission, one direction,’ says its about timely delivery of the promises.
After senior party leaders and cabinet ministers, PM Modi addresses the event at BJP headquarters in Delhi.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj takes the centre stage. She says that there is clear distinction between other parties and the BJP. While other parties declare schemes in their manifestos, we at BJP are here to take Sankalp, a vow to fulfil these dreams, says Swaraj.
“Our objective is to reduce poverty to single digit in next 5 years and then eventually eliminate it,” says Jaitley.
Our policy to hit terror at the very point of its origin has garnered global support, says Jaitley.
2014 Lok Sabha Elections were conducted at a time when India was suffering from 'cynical environment', says Jaitley. Today, in 2019, the environment is totally different, says Jaitley.
Now, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is addressing the media. He says the the Modi government has fulfilled all its promises in last five years.
Every farmer will get the benefit of Kisan Salman Nidhi irrespective of land holding, said Rajnath Singh. Pension schemes got small and marginal farmers. Rashtriya Vyapari Ayog will be set up for trading community. It will be a very effective commission. Pension will also be given to small shopkeepers: Rajnath Singh
We will strengthen the strike capability of the armed forces by equipping them with modern equipment. Besides, we will take effective steps to prevent illegal immigration in the Northeastern states: Rajnath Singh
We had a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism, it will continue till terror is not eliminated completely. Citizenship amendment bill - we will pass in parliament and implement it: Rajnath Singh
BJP repeats Ram Temple promise. Rajnath Singh says "we will build a grand temple in a conducive environment if returns to power."
"We're presenting it as a vision document, not only do draw the satisfaction but also the pride and aspirations of crores of Indians," says Rajnath Singh.
BJP's manifesto committee chief Rajnath Singh is giving details about the saffron party's vision document for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He says the vision is "to bring India in the list of world's top three biggest economy."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh release BJP's manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
"We are going with 75 promises to people, to celebrate 75 years of independence," Amit Shah unveils key details of the manifesto.
The Modi government has taken decisive steps. There was a time when the glory of India was reduced in the global arena. We have brought back the lost glory. We curbed black money, conducted a surgical strike against terrorism: Amit Shah
"I want to remind you of 2014. In 2014 BJP was projecting the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as the people's Prime Minister. We had a vision of how the nation will progress from 2014 to 2019 in our manifesto that year. People responded overwhelmingly and gave us a huge majority," says Amit Shah.
I want to remind you about the 2014 polls. That time we brought you a vision of how the country would be between 2014 to 2019. The people then delivered their verdict giving us a majority government. The journey from 2014 to 2019 will be written in golden words in the history of India's development: Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah is speaking at the launch event. Manifesto will be released by Rajnath Singh shortly.
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Prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have reached party headquarters in Delhi.
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Jaiveer Shergill, Congress: Instead of launching a 'Sankalp Patra' (manifesto), BJP should launch a 'Maafi Patr' for injecting a lethal injection of unemployment, farmers suicides, closing of businesses and putting youth towards Pakoda employment.
Ahead of the BJP's manifesto release, Congress has taken a dig at the party referring to its 2014 promises of 'Achhe Din' (good days).
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 8, 2019
What is the status of BJP's some of the big promises made in 2014 manifesto?
Promise: 33 per cent reservation for women through a constitutional amendment.
Status: The promise still remains a distant dream even after the Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced unconditional support in Parliament.
Promise: Bring back black money in 100 days.
Status: The promise remains fulfilled. Although the BJP announced demonetisation to end the black money in 50 days, the move did very little to address the issue.
Promise: 1 crore jobs every year.
Status: One of the biggest failure of the Narendra Modi government. Unemployment rose to the highest since last 45 years, according to a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report withheld by the government.
Promise: Smart cities
Status: Visible to all. Not delivered.
Promise: Construction of a grand Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
Status: Not built, promise still remains unfulfilled.
Senior journalist Manoj Gairola says: It would interesting to see how the BJP will counter the Congress party's NYAY scheme that promises Rs 72,000 minimum income guarantee for the poor families.
On Sunday, Union Minister Arun Jaitley had launched BJP's Logo and Tagline for 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign. The tagline read: "Phir ek baar Modi sarkar" or "Modi government once again".
Meanwhile, according to some reports, BJP president Amit Shah has reached out to veteran leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi before the release of the manifesto. The two leaders may also be present during the event.
What may features in BJP's manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections:
Nationalism: BJP's campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha elections is centered around nationalism and development was less talked about issue during the rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. So, the party may bring policy on national security.
Ram Temple: One of the many promises of 2014, the BJP failed to fulfill, Ram Temple issue may once again feature in the BJP's manifesto for 2019 elections to woo Hindu voters.
Terrorism: The BJP is selling itself among the masses by using the surgical strike and Balakot strike against terror outfits in Pakistan. The party may include a zero tolerance policy on terrorism in its manifesto.
Agriculture: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already promised to double farmer's income by 2022. The BJP is very likely to include this in its manifesto.
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