The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections of 2019, focusing on doubling of farmers income and housing for all by 2022.
Narendra Modi-led BJP promised in the manifesto—called 'Sankalp Patra'— short-term new agricultural loans of up to Rs 1 lakh at zero percent interest rate, plan a capital investment of Rs 100 lakh crore in the infrastructure sector
by 2024, among others.
The party said that they are committed to making an investment of Rs 25 lakh crore for boosting the productivity in the farming sector and that a pension scheme for all small and marginal farmers will be launched. Small shopkeepers will also get pension benefits after 60 years.
BJP, in the Interim Budget, launched a minimum basic scheme for all the small and marginal farmers, PM-KISAN. Singh said that the party, if re-election, will expand the coverage of the farm income support scheme so that the benefit is reached to all the farmers. The party aims to set up a Rashtriya Vyapar Ayog, to help expand the scheme.
For tax, "We are committed to further revise the tax slabs and the tax benefits to ensure more cash and greater purchasing power in the hands of our middle-income families," BJP said in its manifesto. In the Interim Budget, the party announced a full tax rebate of those earning up to Rs 5 lakh per annum.
Rajnath Singh, home affairs minister, said that the BJP will continue with a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism and will work towards completely stopping cross border infiltration.
Singh also said the party will continue working towards the Universal Civil Code. "BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft a Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times," according to the manifesto.
For traders, the party said that they will establish a National Traders Welfare Board for all the small traders and are aiming to increase loans to MSME under Credit Guarantee Scheme To Rs 1 lakh crore by 2024.
For the poor's welfare, the party promised pakka houses for every poor family, power in every village and power for all.
The party said the aim is to make India a $5 trillion economy By 2025 and a $10 trillion and the third largest economy by 2030.
For education, the party said they will increase seats in management, engineering and law institutes.
Singh said the manifesto committee comprised of 12 members and they aimed to bring a visionary, practical vision document after long deliberations.
Amit Shah, the party president, said BJP had made the-then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi its PM candidate in 2014 and people gave a historic mandate after 30 years. He praised Modi for the development that took place in the last five years and the enhancement of India's reputation abroad.
Shah reiterated that the surgical strike and the air strikes have addressed the roots of terror and have sent a strong message. Apart from this, BJP has taken several steps to eradicate black money and essential services like gas, electricity were provided.
"We have achieved economic growth without breaching boundaries of financial discipline," Shah said, adding that India attained greater heights under PM Modi.
Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and its chief Amit Shah, were present at the launch of the manifesto.
In 2014, the BJP pledged ‘
sabka sath sabka vikas’ and laid down a five-year development road map for the country in the manifesto. It also promised to provide good governance and inclusive development.
The BJP on Sunday
unveiled its campaign logo, tagline and theme song for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls with the slogan " Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar" (Modi once more) to seek a second consecutive term for Modi.
The party also launched its campaign song - "
Chalo Ek Baar Phir Ham Modi Sarkar Banate Hai/Garv Ke Sath Desh Ko Age Badhate Hain/ Phir se Kamal Khilate Hai (let's elect Modi government again, let's move the country ahead with pride, let's help lotus bloom again)".
The party also released some of the videos as part of its campaign with Modi government's pro-poor schemes like Ujjawal, Saubhagya and some of its tough decisions including against terrorists.
The polling for the first phase of seven-phase parliamentary polls in the country is scheduled to take place on April 11, with the last phase on May 19 and the results will be announced on May 23.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had achieved considerable success with slogans like "
Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar" and " Acche Din Aane Waale Hain."
(With inputs from PTI)