Releasing its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, the Lokshakti Janata Party on Tuesday said it was in favour of creation of smaller states like Telangana as it was necessary for better administration and development.
"The party believes that for better administration and development of neglected regions, formation of smaller states is necessary," party chief Ramvilas Paswan said, while releasing the party manifesto in the Bihar capital.
The manifesto also promised to take the initiative for socio-economic and educational development of the minorities, especially Muslims in the light of the findings of the Sachar Committee.
He said organizations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal would be banned if the LJP is voted to power and the party would bring a ‘communal riot control act’ against communal activities.
Paswan promised to make public and implement the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission, saying there would be a provision of 15% reservation for minorities of which 10% would be for Muslims.
The LJP also promised to provide reservations to women and OBCs in government jobs and the judiciary for which 50% ceiling imposed by the Supreme Court would be removed through appropriate legislation.
Promising land for the landless, Paswan said the LJP would strive for distributing ceiling surplus land, Bhoodan land and waste land among SC/ST landless rural families.
The party would also ensure free and compulsory education upto secondary level to all children besides provision for free school dress and free meals.
It would work for including right to education and right to health in the Fundamental Rights and make provisions of health cards for all.
Paswan said the welfare of servicemen/ex-servicemen would get due attention and the pending issue of ‘one rank, one pension’ would be re-examined and a solution arrived at.
The LJP would set up exclusive Mobile Special Courts for quick trial of offences under PCR Act and a national judicial service would be established. Reservation for SC/ST, OBC and minorities would be extended to judicial services.
A suitable policy for reservation to SC/STs in the private sector would be implemented.
All out efforts would be made to contain terrorism and foreign policy would be decided in consonance with internal security.
Friendly relations with neighbouring and Asian countries would be established and trade and investment expanded with them.
The poor would be given free treatment for serious diseases relating to heart problems and cancer.
First Published: Apr 07, 2009 18:43 IST