BJP Working President J P Nadda and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis releasing party’s manifesto for the upcoming Assembly election, in Mumbai on Tuesday. (ANI)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released its manifesto for the upcoming Maharashtra polls, promising a USD 1 trillion economy for the State with the creation of five crore jobs in next five years and houses for all by 2022. BJP working president J P Nadda released the manifesto, or the ‘Sankalpapatra’, here along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, State party president Chandrakant Patil and Mumbai unit head Mangal Prabhat Lodha.
The manifesto has promised creation of five crore jobs in next five years, taking the State’s economy to USD 1 trillion. It has also assured houses for all by 2022. One of the other key takeaways of the manifesto is setting up a separate maintenance department for the National and State Highways, where repairs and other works are currently done by the road construction contractors. While releasing the manifesto, Nadda lavished praise on Fadnavis, saying “the Chief Minister has changed the political culture of Maharashtra”. Maharashtra was earlier called as the State “full of corruption”, but now it is known as “free of corruption”, he said. The Chief Minister’s seat had earlier become a “musical chair”, but Fadnavis provided a stable Government, he said.
The Marathwada drinking water grid project worth Rs 16,000 crore has also found place in the manifesto. The BJP has promised to connect all 11 dams in the perennially parched Marathwada region, and provide drinking water supply with the help of a closed pipeline. It has also promised to invest Rs five lakh crore in several infrastructure projects in the State. Mah unit of BJP proposes Bharat Ratna for Savarkar:
Maharashtra BJP unit on Tuesday said it will ask the party-led NDA Government at the Centre to confer Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, popularly known as Veer Savarkar. In its election manifesto, released by BJP working president J P Nadda, the State unit also sought the honour for social reformers Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule, a party leader said. The manifesto speaks of “pursuing the matter with the Central Government,” the leader said. Many BJP leaders look up to Savarkar for inspiration although he was a member of the Hindu Mahasabha and not the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the BJP.