The Congress vowed to enact a new law aimed at checking hate crimes in its election manifesto released for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls on Wednesday.
The document promised stringent punishment to those causing discord on the basis of caste, gender and religion, besides comprehensive law enforcement reforms and the establishment of three all-women police stations in every district.
“We shall follow the guidelines set by the Supreme Court vis-à-vis the ‘Prakash Singh and others versus the Union of India’ case for overhauling the police administration,” said Uttar Pradesh’s All India Congress Committee general secretary (in-charge) Ghulam Nabi Azad, while releasing the manifesto at an event held in the state capital. Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Raj Babbar, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and senior leader Salman Khursheed were also present on the occasion.
The Congress’ focus on policing-related issues gains significance in the backdrop of the BJP’s attacks against the Samajwadi Party for failing to alleviate the state’s “deteriorating law-and-order situation”.
The Congress is contesting the election in alliance with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.
Other promises made in the manifesto include forcing the Centre to issue loan waivers to farmers, cutting their electricity bills to half, instituting intercity superfast trains, constructing special parallel roads for kanvariyas (pilgrims) and rationalisation of taxes.
“We will fulfill the promises we make,” said Azad, after releasing the manifesto.