Three days after ruling Congress released its please-all manifesto, the opposition Bharatiya Janta Party announced loans to farmers and unemployed youth, 15 lakh government jobs and 5% quota for Gujjars and other backward castes if voted to power in Rajasthan.
Releasing the 60-page document the party prefers to call Suraj Sankalp Patra-2013, BJP chief minister candidate Vasundhara Raje said the party will provide loans up to R20 lakh at 3% interest to registered unemployed youths and farm loans at 1% interest.
She also announced 15 lakh jobs will be created in the government sector and the controversial Teachers Eligibility Test will be reviewed.
The BJP waited for the Congress manifesto and tried to fill in gaps in its document, covering almost every section of the society, with special focus on the rural folk.
Toeing Congress line, the party announced it will make efforts to remove all constitutional hurdles in the way of providing 5% reservation to Special backward Classes including Gujjars besides working for inclusion of reservations in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution.
Accusing the Congress of pushing Rajasthan back into the category of Bimaru (backward) states in the past five years, she said BJP will work toward seeking special status that makes the state eligible for more central government funds.
The party also announced it will form a separate ministry for cow breeding and a slew of measures for social security of farmers including a Farmers Security Act if voted to power.