CHANDIGARH: Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday released the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) election manifesto ahead of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls scheduled to be held on November 9, emphasising on job-creation and education.
Accompanied by Union health minister of state JP Nadda, former chief minister Prem Kumal Dhumal and Shata Kumar, Arun Jaitley said, “We are going to contest the elections with an aim to re-establish the credibility of the government. The main focus areas in this vision document are employment, education, healthcare and transportation.”
Taking a dig at the Congress, Jaitley termed the state Congress government a ‘zero-integrity government with no credibility’. He said that this (Congress) government was protecting it's near and dear ones. “If the government is working to protect their self-survival, it's not possible to fulfill its promises."
"We have not to work for five years but for ten years as the past five years have gone waste," he added.
The party’s manifesto stated that the main focus will be on employment generation by harnessing tourism potential by coming up with new tourist circuits developed alongside religious circuit Dev Bhumi Darshan.
Jaitley said that if the saffron party comes to power in the state, it would also focus on law and order. “On coming to power, the party will open a 24-hour Hoshiyar helpline at the CM office to curb illegal activities and a Gudia helpline at police stations for women safety,” he said.
Clarifying on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council's decision that businesses in the hill states with annual turnover below Rs 10 lakh would be out of the GST net, he said that the hill states, including Himachal Pradesh, had asked for Rs 10 lakh while the exemption in the rest of India is Rs 20 lakh per annum. “It's on their (the hill states) demand the council has given this benefit. Some states, including Jammu and Kashmir, have demanded Rs 20 lakh. Himachal Pradesh has asked for Rs 10 lakh. It's clear that the council has given options to the state," he said. "If our government comes in and asks for Rs 20 lakh, the council will do it," he added.