BJP's majority-stability chant

BJP's majority-stability chant

By: || Updated: 12 Nov 2014 02:31 AM
Ranchi: BJP unveiled its election manifesto after flying in a galaxy of senior leaders, including party president Amit Shah and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, urging voters to give a clear mandate in its favour and, in return, promising a corruption-free government in Jharkhand.




Titled, "Jan Ghoshna Patra", the 56-page document also promised a corruption-free development model, with special focus on agriculture, employment for the youth, housing for all and, above all, a healthy Jharkhand with modern facilities in rural areas.


The party also promised to promote the state's stagnant manufacturing sector by launching a "Make in Jharkhand" campaign on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" pitch.


However, like the JMM, which released its policy document yesterday, the BJP was also silent on the state's most pressing concern: Maoist violence that has had a disastrous consequence on industrial and social development of the state carved out of Bihar in 2000.


In a speech that lasted barely 10-minutes, Shah said the BJP was ready to form a full-majority government in the state. "BJP ka agenda sthir sarkar, purn bahumat aur vikas hai. BJP ka sangathan purn bahumat ka sarkar banane ko ready hai. Janta ki bhi yahi bhavna hai," (BJP's agenda is to provide a stable government with full majority and usher in development of the state. The party organisation is ready for this and so are the people," he said at a function held at a city hotel.


Shah said the BJP believed in the politics of performance and was committed to developing the eastern part of the country.


"If the BJP comes to power, after five years people will not have to worry about the issues of corruption, poor development, et al. People will rather ask which place Jharkhand occupied in the league of developed states. Chhattisgarh has had a BJP government since its creation, and see how the state has developed," he said.


Finance minister Arun Jaitley, attending his first public meeting after a recent surgery, said although there were BJP-led governments in the past, due to many compulsions they failed to give pace to development in the state which was rich in mineral resources.


"I appeal to Jharkhand voters to change their attitude and ensure that a single party comes (to power) with full majority. Jharkhand needs it after 14 years of its formation. It is ironical that even an Independent became a chief minister...


"Industrialists took the first flight to Jharkhand to get elected to Rajya Sabha. This will stop only if a full majority government comes in power, which will not see left or right but straight - towards the masses," he said, promising to give special focus on roads, including those in rural areas, and railway infrastructure.


Apart from Shah and Jaitley, the BJP ensured the presence of all its notable leaders. Among them were Jaitley's junior minister and Hazaribagh MP Jayant Sinha, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union minister and Lohardaga MP Sudarshan Bhagat, the party's Jharkhand in-charge T.S. Rawat, state BJP chief Ravindra Rai, former chief minister and leader of Opposition Arjun Munda, MPs Ramtahal Choudhary (Ranchi) and Ravindra Kumar Pandey (Giridih), former Jamshedpur (West) MLA Sarayu Roy, who headed the party's nine-member manifesto preparation committee.


In the function, held at BNR Chanakya near Ranchi railway station, started around 5.30pm, almost two hours behind schedule. Before the release of the manifesto, Munda and Roy addressed the gathering, comprising BJP workers and politicians from across the state.


The Telegraph, Calcutta

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