Ram, farm & jobs on Cong’s MP manifesto

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Bhopal: Show­cas­ing the party’s ‘soft-Hin­du­vta’ face, the Con­gress elec­tion manifesto re­leased on Satur­day has promised to launch a ‘ Ram Van Ga­man Path’ tour to re­trace Lord Ram’s foot­prints in Mad­hya Pradesh and set up a new ‘re­li­gion and spir­i­tual de­part­ment’ in the gov­ern­ment that plans to be­gin com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of cow urine and cow dung cakes in gausha­las. It also pledges to pass a law to pro­tect the Nar­mada river.

Con­gress has also promised to shut down Vya­pam, waive farm loans of up to Rs 2 lakh and con­sti­tute a ‘Vid­han Par­ishad’ in Mad­hya Pradesh assem­bly. Vot­ing for 18 con­stituen­cies in the state will be held on Novem­ber 12.

The Mand­saur po­lice fir­ing that killed five farm­ers will be rein­ves­ti­gated if Con­gress comes to power, says the manifesto, named ‘Vachan Pa­tra (Pledge Doc­u­ment)’.

The manifesto was re­leased at the state Con­gress head­quar­ters by Pradesh Con­gress chief Ka­mal Nath, state elec­tion cam­paign chair­man Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia and for­mer chief min­is­ter Digvi­jaya Singh. Scin­dia said, “We have promised progress and de­vel­op­ment. Women will be given pri­or­ity dur­ing re­cruit­ment in po­lice force. In­dus­try will be pro­moted so jobs are cre­ated. And all this will be im­ple­mented with a spec­i­fied time limit.”

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