Opp. vows to scrap Cen­tre’s farm laws, give 10 lakh jobs

Man­i­festo targets Ni­tish for fail­ing to get spe­cial sta­tus

The Asian Age - - Front Page - NAYEAR AZAD

The RJD led grand al­liance on Satur­day re­leased its man­i­festo for the up­com­ing assem­bly elec­tions.

The man­i­festo ti­tled “Sankalp Pa­tra” was re­leased in the pres­ence of Con­gress lead­ers Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala, Shakti Singh Go­hil and three left par­ties – CPI, CPI ( M) and CPI ( ML).

The grand al­liance has been hold­ing Ni­tish Ku­mar led NDA govern­ment re­spon­si­ble for un­em­ploy­ment, bad law and or­der sce­nario, flood and COVID crisis in the state.

Us­ing the oc­ca­sion to hit out at Ni­tish Ku­mar and the NDA govern­ment at the Cen­tre over the spe­cial sta­tus for Bi­har RJD leader Tejashwi Ya­dav said that “there is a dou­ble

en­gine govern­ment and Ni­tish Ku­mar has gov­erned the state for al­most 15 years but Bi­har has not been ac­corded the spe­cial cat­e­gory sta­tus. I don’t think US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will come and make an an­nounce­ment”.

The re­newed de­mand for spe­cial sta­tus by the RJD has aroused the po­lit­i­cal temperatur­e in poll­bound Bi­har.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts claim that de­mand for spe­cial sta­tus has been a key is­sue for Ni­tish Ku­mar and his party JD( U) since he came to power in 2005. In 2009, de­spite be­ing in al­liance with the BJP, Ni­tish Ku­mar had cre­ated a stir in Bi­har pol­i­tics by an­nounc­ing his sup­port to any party which helped the state gets spe­cial sta­tus.

The grand al­liance man­i­festo also prom­ises to cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties for youths of the state and loan waivers for farm­ers.

Ma­jor points in­cluded in the grand al­liance joint man­i­festo is 10 lakh jobs for youths, scrap­ping of farm laws en­acted by the cen­tral govern­ment, ex­am­i­na­tion fee waiver for stu­dents and same pay for same work.

“Our pri­or­ity is to cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties for youths so that mi­gra­tion could be stopped. As

— PTI

Devo­tees take holy dips in the Ganga river as they per­form rit­u­als on the first day of Navratri fes­ti­val in Praya­graj Satur­day.

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