BJP promises power, water

Updated on Apr 10, 2004 06:57 PM IST

The BJP said it would usher in a second green revolution & generate four lakh jobs each year making Karnataka number one state.

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Unveiling its "Vision 2004" document, holding out a bouquet of promises on power, water and jobs, the BJP today said it would usher in a "second green revolution" and generate four lakh jobs each year and pledged to make Karnataka "number one" developed state by 2015.

Apparently seeking to cash in on the power and water crisis in the state and the benefits it reaped in the recent assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on the twin issues, the BJP assured farmers eight hours supply of power for irrigation pumpsets and good quality drinking water within three years to all villages and towns.

Preferring a "Vision Document" to a manifesto, the BJP said if voted to power in the state assembly polls, it would ensure cheaper credit to farmers, one time waiver of interest on crop loan and maximum utilisation of water in all river basins.

"Water to every household, supply of quality power and a job for every adult and clean administration" is the focus of the document, BJP Karnataka unit president Ananth Kumar said releasing it. He said the main aim was to make Karnataka "a role model state".

Attacking Congress for "ignoring" the power sector, it promises to generate an additional 3,000 MW of power in the next five years.

Hundred per cent literacy by 2007, free education for women upto degree level, mid-day meal scheme upto High School level and English and computers from standard four were among the promises in the document, which charged the ruling Congress with being "steeped in corruption".

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