Lucknow, February 9: Congress Yesterday released its manifesto for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh promising 50 percent reservation for women in panchayats if voted to power. It also promises free bicycles to girls from class 9th to 12th. The manifesto was released by Congress General Secretary in Charge of Uttar Pradesh, Ghulam Nabi Azad and State unit President Raj Babbar in Lucknow.Raj Babbar said while releasing the manifesto that the government would distribute bicycles to girl students when the party comes to power. Babbar said the party was committed to safety and honour of women and on being voted to power it would open three women police stations in every district.
The manifesto also listed its thrust areas to boost infrastructure and promised to ensure food security by providing wheat and rice at Rs 3 and Rs 2 a kg, giving nutritious meal in Mid-Day Meal scheme and revamping Public Distribution System.
The 12-page manifesto condemned BJP's "anti-poor and anti-people policies", saying, "Divisive forces run rampant with impunity across the country To combat these forces our two great parties (SP-Cong) have allied.The Congress also described its coming together with Samajwadi Party as "an important moment" in the history of country's politics. The Congress is contesting in 105 constituencies while the SP led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is contesting in 298.
Meanwhile, the electioneering in the first phase of poll in the state covering the western parts yesterday reached its height on the eve of the campaign end. Now less than twenty hours are left, as campaign will end tomorrow evening for all the 73 Assembly seats going to polls in the first phase of polling on February 11.