BJP manifesto makes 10 promises * Assures CAA implementation on time
GUWAHATI, March 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released its manifesto for upcoming assembly elections promising to work on a corrected National Register of Citizens (NRC) for state’s protection.
The manifesto, released by BJP national president JP Nadda, promised to protect “genuine Indian citizens and to detect infiltrators” to ensure that the Ahom civilisation stays safe.
“We will work on a corrected NRC for Assam’s protection. We will protect genuine Indian citizens and detect infiltrators to ensure the Ahom civilisation stays safe. To protect Assam’s political rights, we will speed up the delimitation process,” Nadda said.
Nadda said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which does not find a mention in the manifesto, is a central legislation and it will be implemented in time.
He said the Congress claim that they will not allow its implementation in the state, if voted to power, may be either “due to their ignorance or they are trying to fool the people of the state”.
“I do not want to comment on the Congress thinking but their approach is not only problematic but also dangerous for the state”, he said.
The CAA seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis entering India on or before December 31, 2014 from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after five years of residence here.
He also stated that Assam’s identity is inextricably linked to Vaishnav saint Srimanta Sankardeva, Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Gopinath Bordoloi and “now can we allow it to be linked with Badruddin Ajmal” (AIUDF chief with whose party the Congress has entered into an alliance for the state polls).
The BJP is committed to protect and preserve the “identity and culture” of Assam, keeping the “natural process of cultural change intact”.
Referring to the issue of infiltration, the BJP president said that the party is committed to strengthening and scientific management of the international borders.
“Border management is a continuous process and we will continue to improve it”, he said.
Asked about the implementation of the clause six of the Assam accord to ensure the constitutional safeguard of the linguistic, cultural, social identity and heritage of the Assamese people, Nadda said, “it is under process and we are committed to it”.
Nadda made 10 commitments to help Assam take the next ‘big leap’ in the coming five years.
The commitments of the party include providing three lakh jobs to the youth, financial support to namghars apart from the ‘correct National Register of Citizens (NRC).
BJP chief said that five years ago, Assam had become passive and had lost the ability to solve its problems.
“Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal this has changed. We have been able to push for inclusive development of Assam,” he said.
“We are rooting for a big leap. With these aspirations, we have put our words in ten commitments to the people of Assam,” Nadda said.
“The first commitment is Mission Brahmaputra with an aim to save the people from the impact of floods. We will build big reservoirs around Brahmaputra to conserve extra water under Brahmaputra vision to save the people from floods,” Nadda said.
“30 lakh deserving families will be paid financial support of Rs 3,000 per month under Orunodoi Scheme,” he added.
Nadda also committed to the removal of illegal encroachments and promised to pay Rs 2.5 lakh as financial support for all namghars.
“We are committed to the quality education of the children of the state. Free education will be provided to all children in government institutions. Girls will get bicycles from Class 8 onwards to stop the tribal dropout,” he added.
The sixth commitment of BJP is to protect Assam’s political rights by speeding up the delimitation process.
“To make the state self-sufficient, we will start ‘Assam Aahar Aatmanirbharta’ initiative. For this, we will plan at the micro and macro level and take it ahead in several sectors,” Nadda said.
The BJP manifesto promised to ensure job opportunities for the youth and proposed to make the state the fastest job creator in the country.
“Two lakh people to get government jobs and one lakh will get jobs by March 31, 2022. About eight lakh jobs will be enhanced in the private sector,” the BJP chief said.
He further said that entrepreneurship in Assam will be promoted under Swami Vivekananda Youth Employment scheme.
“Two lakh youths to be supported as entrepreneurs every year for the next five years,” he added.
The party also promised to support more landless people through the ‘patta’ system.