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PM’s New India theme to reflect in BJP’s 2018 manifesto

The Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto will focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s New India campaign even as the state party unit is aiming to win 200 seats in the poll slated for November-December this year

bhopal Updated: Jul 31, 2018 21:34 IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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The Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto will focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s New India campaign even as the state party unit is aiming to win 200 seats in the poll slated for November-December this year, according to persons familiar with discussions in the manifesto committee.

Madhya Pradesh assembly has strength of 230 seats and in 2013, the BJP had won 165 seats, with the vote share of 44.88% whereas the Congress had to be content with 58 seats with 36.38% vote share.

“Preparing manifesto this time is as daunting a task as getting past 200. This will be the first manifesto in Madhya Pradesh post-GST and demonetisation. But the bigger challenge is what to offer more to different sections of society particularly when the state government claims to have done a lot for almost every section of society in the past 15 years and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan already showered sops on labourers a couple of months back”, said a BJP leader on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak.

Another party leader said, “Brainstorming sessions are going on in the party to see what could be different and more attractive in 2018 manifesto in comparison to those of previous elections. The party national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal attended a meeting in Bhopal a couple of days back in this regard.”

“Unanimity seems to be emerging among the party leaders to base the manifesto on a ‘New India’ theme which is close to the heart of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There may be promises on jobs to youths, IT parks, food processing units, more sops for farmers and labourers etc. In a nutshell, the theme of the manifesto will be a ‘New India’ theme.”, he added.

BJP has relied on its senior leader Vikram Verma to head the party’s manifesto committee for fourth time in a row. Verma said, “BJP manifesto will have a reflection of people’s aspirations in the 21st century. The party is in the process of getting feedback from people to incorporate the valuable suggestions in its manifesto. We have formed committees to consult different sections of people to get their feedback.”

Verma said given GST in place taxation was out of purview of the committee. But there was much to offer in social sector and also on employment, MSME, production, food processing etc.

State Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chatruvedi said, “Instead of a new manifesto the BJP government should fulfill its party’s promises it had made in 2003, 2008 and 2013. Since, it couldn’t fulfil most of its promises the BJP and its government both should tender apology to people ahead of the elections.”

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BJP’s promises in its manifestos in previous elections


-Reinstatement of 28000 daily wagers retrenched by Digvijaya Singh govt

-Bringing down transmission and distribution loss of electricity to 27% from 51%

-Roads to be built with Centre’s help, through Centre-State partnership and by pvt sector

-Tax structure to be rationalised and professional tax to be abolished

-Employment through information technology hubs. Stress to be laid on self-employment


-Agriculture loan at 3% interest rate

-One lakh employment opportunities to be developed every year

-24 hours domestic power supply in urban and rural areas

-Six hospitals equipped with all facilities on the pattern of AIIMS

-Ram Van Gaman marg to be identified and constructed


-Smart phones to undergraduate students in government colleges

-Re 1 per kg rice to poor

-Five lakh youths to be employed under self-employment schemes

-All villages to be linked with roads

-15 lakh houses to poor, farmers and landless

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 21:34 IST

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