Congress party released it’s election manifesto on Tuesday, a week before the commencement of Lok Sabha Poll 2019. The congress’ “Hum Nibhayenge” manifesto released in a grand show in the national capital with the party president Rahul Gandhi helming it right through, standing up there in front and taking up questions from media. Congress’ former president and current United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Priyanka Gandhi and other big leaders were present in the event.
Addressing a press conference, former Finance Minister and head of the manifesto Committee, P Chidambaram, said, “The BJP may be ruling party today but the party is trying to take the narrative to five years back.. to divisiveness and hyper nationalism.. our manifesto is focused on real issues of jobs.”
He said that jobs, farmers and unemployment are the real issues and are the main concerns of the party. The 54 page election manifesto was claimed to have been prepared by conducting 121 public consultation and 53 closed door consultation as per the instruction given by Rahul Gandhi. “Manifesto is the voice of people and I do not want a single thing in this manifesto that is a lie because we have been hearing large number of lies spoken everyday by our PM.” Rahul Gandhi said, quoted media reports. Let’s look at the highlights of the manifesto
The Congress manifesto covers six segments CUMBAK i.e Chhatra (students), Udyami (enterprises), Mahila (women), Berozgar (unemployed), Alpsankhyak (minority) and Kisan (farmers). Following are the main highlights of the manifesto:
NYAY: Niyuntan Aay Yojana is introduced by Congress under which Rs. 72000/ year will be transferred to 20% household who have a income below Rs. 5000. The money will be transferred in the account of the female member in the household.
EMPLOYMENT: The party has also pledged to fill the 4 lakh Central government vacancies before March 2020 and 20 lakh state government vacancies. The party has also vowed to create an estimated 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every Gram Panchayat and Urban Local Body. The party has also guaranteed to give rewards to private sector companies for employing women and creating job opportunities.
FARMERS: The party will present a separate budget for farmers and will set up a National Commission for Agricultural Development and Planning.
HEALTH CARE: The party will double the expenditure on health care to 3% of GDP.
RESERVATION: Congress has proposed to reserve 33% seats for women in Lok Sabha and State Legislative assembly.
HOMESTEAD: Under the right to homestead act, the party has promised to provide land for every household who does not have shelter to live.
AFSPA: The Congress has also proposed to review Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gives special power to security forces in zones like Jammu and Kashmir and some parts of North east.
To recall, the Manifesto of 2014 from Congress party had also focused on growth, agriculture, education and health which the party has decided to go with even this year. The only difference in the manifesto of this election is NYAY yojana, AFSPA and Right to Homestead act.
Hours after the release of Congress Manifesto, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, lashed out on Congress party calling it an agenda for the Balkanisation of India. He also called the manifesto full of dangerous ideas and cannot be implemented.
Addressing a rally at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed Congress Manifesto as a hypocrisy document which was full of lies. He blamed Congress party of being a sympathiser with those who disrespect India.
“Those who burn the tricolour and insult it, raise slogans of breaking India into pieces, play in the hands of foreign forces and vandalise statues of Baba Saheb, the Congress sympathises with them, too.” PM Modi lashed out on Congress party.