With an eye on the sizeable number of farmers in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, the BJP released its manifesto for the November 17 Assembly elections promising MSP for wheat at Rs 2,700 per quintal and paddy at Rs 3,100.
The 96-page 'Sankalp Patra' was released in Bhopal by BJP president JP Nadda, who was flanked by the party's state chief VD Sharma, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh and other senior leaders. The manifesto also pledged to provide a budget of Rs 3 lakh crore for the empowerment of tribal communities, besides houses for beneficiaries of the state's flagship scheme 'Ladli Bahna'.
Free education to girls from poor families up to post-graduation, free education to poor students up to Class 12 and cooking gas cylinder at Rs 450 for beneficiaries of Ladli Bahna and PM Ujjwala' schemes are among other highlights. The party promised jobs to at least one member of every family or the opportunity for self-employment.
According to the vision document, the party will set up technological institutes in MP along the lines of IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and medical institutions in a similar way to AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) if the BJP retains power in the state. It also promised six new expressways.
Nadda said that the BJP is the only political party which has implemented its manifestos in letter and spirit by making it the road map of the government. The BJP also keeps an eye on manifesto implementation through its monitoring system, he said.
State BJP chief VD Sharma said that a committee has prepared the manifesto after discussions and seeking suggestions from all sections and intellectuals of society. The manifesto includes the aspirations of the people, he said and added that conventions were organised at divisional levels to discuss it.
He said that boxes were kept during the party's 11,000-km-long Jan Ashirwad Yatra , a mass-contact programme, in which seven lakh suggestions were received. Many of them were researched and included in the manifesto, he said. Chouhan said the Congress was wondering why the BJP is bringing out its manifesto on 'Narak Chaturdashi'. The Congress doesn't know mythology and history. It was the day when Krishna freed sisters from Narakasur, he said.
The chief minister said they will make the manifesto the road map for Madhya Pradesh's development. The BJP government has tried to fulfil people's aspirations by implementing all its promises, he added.