Con­gress plays soft-Hin­dutva in MP, of­fers cow shel­ters

Khaleej Times - - INDIA - Pa­tra Vachan

bhopal — Play­ing soft Hin­dutva in Mad­hya Pradesh, the Con­gress on Satur­day promised to build gausha­las (cow shel­ters) in every gram pan­chayat, es­tab­lish a new depart­ment for spir­i­tu­al­ity, open­ing of new San­skrit schools be­sides loan waiver for farm­ers and a Made-in-MP pro­gramme to boost in­dus­tries.

The prom­ises were con­tained in a 86-page man­i­festo ti­tled

re­leased by se­nior Con­gress lead­ers in­clud­ing state Con­gress pres­i­dent Ka­mal Nath, cam­paign com­mit­tee chief Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia, for­mer chief min­is­ter Digvi­jay Singh, and which fo­cuses largely on farm­ers, youth, women, trib­als and in­dus­tries.

For farm­ers, the party has promised to waive loans upto Rs200,000 taken from na­tion­alised and co­op­er­a­tive banks and re­duce their elec­tric­ity bill by 50 per cent, re­duce diesel, petrol and cook­ing gas prices, gausha­las in every gram pan­chayat, Rs51,000 for the mar­riage of daugh­ters of farm­ers among oth­ers if it comes to power.

“The party will take back all the cases filed against farm­ers dur­ing ag­i­ta­tions and protests. A ju­di­cial

in­quiry will be con­ducted for killing of farm­ers in Mand­saur,” the man­i­festo read. Be­sides this, pro­vi­sion of Rs250,000 for the con­struc­tion of houses of land­less peo­ple each on a plot of 450 sq feet has also been men­tioned in the man­i­festo.

Woo­ing the youth, the party has promised to con­sti­tute a youth com­mis­sion and to bring a new

youth pol­icy. “An un­em­ployed mem­ber of every fam­ily will be given Rs10,000,” said Ka­mal Nath while re­leas­ing the man­i­festo.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia, Scin­dia said for the first time any party has re­leased a vachan pa­tra and not a man­i­festo. “This is a vachan pa­tra and not a ghoshna pa­tra, be­cause we all have been hear­ing ghosh­nas for the last 15 years,” he said in an ap­par­ent dig at Chief Min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

To pro­mote in­dus­tries and busi­ness the op­po­si­tion party promised that it will bring a new in­dus­trial pol­icy which will ben­e­fit lo­cals in terms of em­ploy­ment and will en­cour­age multi-level in­dus­trial parks in every big city in the state.

Be­sides es­tab­lish­ing a MP global tech­nol­ogy in­cu­ba­tor, trans­port hubs will be cre­ated in Indore, Gwalior and Ja­balpur, the party said adding that it will en­cour­age M Tak­ing a soft-Hin­dutva ap­proach ahead, the party promised to con­sti­tute Maa Nar­mada Nyay leg­is­la­tion and new spir­i­tu­al­ity depart­ment be­sides promis­ing to open San­skrit schools to pro­mote the lan­guage. —

PTI

Ka­mal nath meets the me­dia in Bhopal on Satur­day. —

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