MP farm push, end to Vya­pam body in Congress man­i­festo

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYINDIAMYVOTE - Punya Priya Mi­tra

BHOPAL:THE Congress un­veiled a please-all man­i­festo on Satur­day, promis­ing to waive loans of up to ~2 lakh owed by farm­ers, end cor­rup­tion, build cow shel­ters and push ‘made in Mad­hya Pradesh’ goods as it seeks to end the 15-year Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule here in the up­com­ing assem­bly elec­tions.

The party also promised to close down Vya­pam, the state’s re­cruit­ment-cum-ad­mis­sion board that has been em­broiled in a multi-crore scam that sur­faced in July 2013.

State Congress pres­i­dent Ka­mal Nath po­si­tioned the 112page man­i­festo as a “Vachan Pa­tra” (prom­ises doc­u­ment) as against the “Jumla Pa­tra” (false prom­ises doc­u­ment) of the BJP. The man­i­festo promised a fair deal to all sec­tions of so­ci­ety, be it farm­ers, women, stu­dents, the un­em­ployed, trib­als or Dal­its.

“We will re­duce the elec­tric­ity bill of farm­ers by 50%, cut down diesel and petrol prices and open gausha­las (cow shel­ters) in every gram pan­chayat,” Nath said. Head of the state Congress cam­paign com­mit­tee Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia promised time­bound im­ple­men­ta­tion of all prom­ises.

The party is hop­ing to stage a come­back in the state that has been un­der the BJP rule since 2003 and where Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been chief min­is­ter since 2005.

The polls will be held on November 28 and the count­ing of votes will be on December 11.

The Congress promised farm­ers, who have been the main fo­cus of the prin­ci­pal con­tes­tants amid wide­spread farm dis­tress,a bonus for al­most all ce­re­als, lentils and veg­eta­bles like onion, tomato and gar­lic pro­duced by them, a bonus of ~5 per litre for milk and a new crop pol­icy, apart from the loan waiver and sub­sidy in power tar­iffs.

For the poor, it promised an en­hanced so­cial se­cu­rity pen­sion of ~1,000; and ~2.5 lakh and 450 sqft land for the home­less. Women would re­ceive free ed­u­ca­tion till Phd and ~51,000 for mar­riage.

Girls who se­cure 70% marks in the 12th board ex­am­i­na­tion will be given a lap­top.

It promised an un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit also of ~4,000 per month for three years, and a wage sub­sidy of ~10,000 to those pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment.

The man­i­festo was pre­pared by a team headed by se­nior Congress leader Ra­jen­dra Singh, who is also deputy speaker of the assem­bly, MP Vivek Tankha, for­mer MP Meenakshi Natara­jan, ex-min­is­ters Naren­dra Na­hata and Viren­dra Ku­mar Batham.

BJP na­tional vice-pres­i­dent Prab­hat Jha called the man­i­festo a “Jhoot ka Pulinda” (A bag of lies). “Since they are not go­ing to win, they can prom­ise any­thing they want. More­over, we are al­ready im­ple­ment­ing many of the promised schemes for farm­ers and women,” he said.

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