BJP launches its 2019 Election Manifesto: From abrogation of Article 370 to pension for shopkeepers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday released the manifesto, titled ‘Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat’ (Determined India, Empowered India), in the presence of party chief Amit Shah and other top leaders, including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

Listing 75 milestones that India will achieve till 2022, when the nation celebrates 75 years of independence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh listed a slew of announcements ranging from a pension scheme for traders to abrogation of Article 370.

The party also says it aspires to make India the third largest economy of the world by 2030, adding that it is committed make India a US $5 trillion economy by 2025 and US $10 trillion economy by 2032.

Also, the party stands committed to the Citizenship Amendment Bill. BJP reiterates its commitment to “protect the linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of North-East.”

On the farming front, the party stated that PM-KISAN will be extended to all farmers in the country. BJP promises to double the income of farmers by 2022. Short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount. It promises to make an investment of Rs 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector. BJP also announced pension for small & marginal farmers on reaching 60 years of age.

Asserting on zero tolerance towards terrorism, BJP promises to provide security forces with a free hand to curb extremism and terrorism. BJP promises to speed up purchase of outstanding defence related equipment and weapons.

On the much controversial Ram Mandir, BJP said it will weigh all the options and will try that the Ram Mandir be built as soon as possible in a harmonious environment.

The ‘Sankalp Patra’ comes three days before the first of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections begins (April 11).


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