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Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018: Agrarian distress to be focus of Congress manifesto

Rajasthan assembly election 2018: Congress’ manifesto for Rajasthan will focus on employment opportunities, and women and children issues apart from the agrarian distress, state Congress chief Sachin Pilot said.

rajasthan-elections Updated: Nov 29, 2018 09:38 IST

Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot releases a publication during a press conference at the party office in Jaipur, Thursday, Nov 22, 2018.
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot releases a publication during a press conference at the party office in Jaipur, Thursday, Nov 22, 2018. (PTI)

Addressing agrarian distress will be the key focus of the Congress party’s manifesto for the upcoming December 7 poll in Rajasthan.

The manifesto will be released on Thursday by state Congress president Sachin Pilot and former CM Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur.

“Congress president Rahul Gandhi has maintained that the party will waive off the farmers’ loan within 10 days of coming to power in Rajasthan,” said Pilot. “The farmers are in distress and their plight is visible everywhere.”

Unlike its manifestos in Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, the Congress has avoided any mention of constructing cow shelters or financial assistance to religious institutions.

The manifesto will also focus on employment opportunities, and women and children issues, Pilot said.

In MP, which voted on Wednesday, Congress promised cowsheds in all the 23,000 village panchayats, and developing a Ram Path Gaman, the mythical route that Lord Rama traversed during his 14 years of exile.

In Telangana, which also goes to polls on December 7, Congress has promised free electricity to places of worship, increasing financial assistance to 643 temple priests to Rs 9,000 and salary hike to imams to Rs 6000, and to grant the Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians.

The Congress deferred releasing its manifesto on Wednesday after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released theirs on November 26.

The BJP manifesto promises a Rs 250-crore rural start-up fund, a monthly allowance of Rs 5000 to the jobless and targets specific communities including Jains, Brahmins and Dalits through a raft of initiatives.

“Our big focus is on social sector schemes and also how to enhance the government revenue. We are in dire financial mess,” Pilot said.

“Five years ago when Vasundhara Rajeji took over as the chief minister of Rajasthan, the debt was Rs 1.4 lakh crore and today it is Rs 3.3 lakh crore. The central government has given no support in the past five years. That is why people have suffered even more. She had got the huge mandate and could have changed the face of Rajasthan. She has betrayed the trust of the people,” he added.

BJP national media head Anil Baluni said the country is aware of how much the Congress knows about economy. “They had an economist prime minister for 10 years who ruined the economy of this country. When they talk of looking after the economy they mean taking care of the economy of the Gandhi family.”

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First Published: Nov 29, 2018 09:36 IST