CHANDIGARH: BJP in Haryana today promised foodgrain at Re 1 per kg for BPL families, free treatment to the poor and stipend for unemployed youths in its election manifesto, which it released today hoping to come to power on its own for the first time in the state.
The manifesto said if voted to power, BJP will take steps for stricter implementation of the laws against cow slaughter, even as chairman of the Manifesto Committee Ganeshi Lal said cow slaughter will be equated with culpable homicide.
The manifesto said, BJP's focus areas will be agriculture, rural development, industry, education, service sector, welfare of youth and women, welfare of Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes, said the 16-page manifesto released here by party spokesman and senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
The manifesto said if in power, BJP will bring the GDP growth in the state to 10 per cent over the next five years.
The party said it is committed to bring SYL Canal water to the state. The BJP government, if formed, will usher in milk revolution in the state and dairy sector will be promoted. It will also work towards bringing a second Green Revolution, it said.
Seeking a clear mandate, the punchline of the manifesto is "BJP ke saath chaliyein, Narendra Modi ke saath chaliyein". (Come with BJP, come with Narendra Modi). It said BJP intends to give better facilities to villages, bring transparency in administration, root out corruption and end the menace of female foeticide.
Four laning of the national and the state highways will be done, round-the-clock power supply will be given to various categories of consumers, clean drinking water will be made available to each household, free treatment will be given to the poor in hospitals and free medicines will be made available to them, it said.
Besides, the manifesto promised free pilgrimage facility to every senior citizen of the state, hike in old age and widow pension from present Rs 1,000 to 2,000, availability of water for every field and setting up of a relief centre to look into compensation detail of crops damaged due to natural calamity.
It also talked about soil health cards for farmers, free travel for school and college girls in roadways buses which will also have security guards on board.
The manifesto said in lieu of 100 hours of work, Class 12 pass unemployed youths will be given Rs 6,000 stipend per month while graduate unemployed will get Rs 9,000 per month, even as steps will be taken to lift the standard of education.
Others present on the occasion included another party spokesman and candidate from Narnaund segment Capt Abhimanyu and chairman of the Manifesto Committee Ganeshi Lal.
In the manifesto, BJP promised to set up institutions in the state on the pattern of AIIMS.
It also promised to start a Haryana Sports League like the Indian Premier League.
The manifesto said each village and tehsil will be have internet/broadband connectivity.
For small traders, loans will be given at minimum rate of interest.
Strict steps will be taken to curb illegal mining, it said.
Attempting to woo the state employees, the manifesto promises given pay them on Punjab pattern.
It also promised to set up a 'Business Promotion Board'.
Ganeshi Lal said if BJP forms the government, it will ensure equitable development of the state.
"Parties in power in the past, mainly INLD and Congress, have taken the state backwards and divided it on caste and regional lines, promoted dynasty politics, indulged in favouritism in jobs, looted state resources, made false promises to the people, acquired farmers land for peanuts and handed it over to builders," he alleged.
He also alleged that during the past 10 years there has been a rise in incidents of rape and other crimes, especially against dalits.
The state will go to polls on October 15. Haryana has a total of 90 Assembly seats and BJP is for the first time contesting polls alone. Its alliances with INLD and later with Haryana Janhit Congress have fallen apart.
In the Lok Sabha polls this year, Congress won only one of the 10 seats while BJP won seven out of the eight it contested. INLD won two seats.