Lucknow, January 29: The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Saturday has released its manifesto on Saturday for upcoming Vidhan Sabha polls which are to be held from 4th February. BJP has said that by making an all-round development in the state, it will make Uttar Pradesh number one state of the country in next five years. “Give us a chance. We will remove U.P. from the list of BIMARU States within five years,” Amit Shah said while releasing party manifesto in Lucknow.
The manifesto touched upon contentious issues such as the alleged communal exodus, cow slaughter, triple talaq and the Ram Mandir, while also reaching out to farmers, landless labourers, women and youth.
Shah said, BJP believes in politics of performance and not in the politics of dynasty and casteism which has pushed UP into a deep trench of lawlessness and deprivation. Announcing the main features of party's poll manifesto, Shah said that nine sub-heads have been made in the manifesto which includes agriculture, good governance, education, employment, health and women safety among others. Preservation of cows and promotion of dairy industry also featured prominently.
BJP's government in UP will waive off all the agricultural loans of small and marginal farmers, Shah said. The manifesto, or 'Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra' of BJP promised zero percent interest loan to marginal farmers and announced that cane farmers will get all their dues within 120 days. Shah promised to set up a Task force to target land grabbing and the mining mafia in the state. All illegal slaughter houses will be shut down, he said.
The party also claimed to provide 24-hour electric supply to all villages in the state in the next five years. Free WiFi in colleges and universities will be provided in BJP's regime, he said. Predicting that the BJP will form the government in UP with a two-third majority, Shah targeted the SP government, saying the law and order situation in the state has gone for the worst.
Shah further said that Uttar Pradesh was left behind in the race for development because of nepotism, dynastic politics and sheer corruption of SP and BSP. The BJP reiterated its stand on the Ram Mandir, saying it “will explore all possibilities within the purview of the Constitution to construct a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.” The party also referred to triple talaq, saying once in power in the State, it would push the case against it in the Supreme Court based on the “opinion” of Muslim women.