BJP Te­lan­gana man­i­festo prom­ises 1 lakh free cows

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htnation - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Bharatiya Janata Pary, in its man­i­festo for the December 7 Assem­bly elec­tions in Te­lan­gana, has pro­posed free dis­tri­bu­tion of one lakh cows every year.

The pro­posal is to dis­trib­ute cows in vil­lages, at the time of fes­ti­vals and oth­ers, to peo­ple who seek them, the Bharatiya Janata Pary’s man­i­festo com­mit­tee chair­man NVSS Prab­hakar said here Satur­day.

List­ing the use of cows in sec­tors such as agri­cul­ture and ru­ral econ­omy, Prab­hakar, MLA in the re­cently-dis­solved Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly, said an­other pro­posal is to set up a ‘mini-In­dia lin­guis­tic wel­fare board’. The board would take care of the wel­fare of lin­guis­tic mi­nori­ties, those com­ing to Hy­der­abad from other states in search of liveli­hood, Prab­hakar said. The man­i­festo is likely to be re­leased for­mally early next week. The man­i­festo panel ear­lier pro­posed reg­u­lat­ing sale of liquor, claim­ing that its un­re­stricted avail­abil­ity and con­sump­tion was lead­ing to sev­eral so­cial and law and or­der is­sues.

The Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi (TRS) govern­ment in Te­lan­gana and the gov­ern­ments in un­di­vided Andhra Pradesh have seen sale of liquor only as a source of in­come, Prab­hakar had al­leged ear­lier. The man­i­festo also prom­ises can­cel­la­tion of surcharge fares by state-run Road Tran­sort Cor­po­ra­tion buses dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons and free trans­porta­tion to those taking up ‘Deek­sha’ (re­li­gious code of be­hav­iour) for vis­it­ing tem­ples, in­clud­ing Sabari­mala, ac­cord­ing to him.

To­tal waiver of the tax on pet- rol and diesel, free on­line and off­line coach­ing to youth ap­pear­ing for com­pet­i­tive ex­am­i­na­tions and pro­vi­sion of safe drink­ing wa­ter for ~6 per month per house­hold are the other pro­pos­als made by the man­i­festo com­mit­tee. The fresh pro­pos­als are an ad­di­tion to the ideas mooted ear­lier, Prab­hakar said Satur­day.

The BJP , which had five MLAs in the dis­solved assem­bly, hopes to sub­stan­tially in­crease its strength in the com­ing polls.

HY­DER­ABAD: THE MAN­I­FESTO ALSO PROM­ISES TO CAN­CEL SURCHARGE FARES BY STATE­RUN ROAD TRANS­PORT CORP BUSES DUR­ING FES­TIVE SEA­SONS

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