UP Polls 2017: BJP promises laptop, sundry sops and development for all; and a crackdown on slaughterhouses
BJP president Amit Shah announced the manifesto which focuses on creating job opportunities and better law and order environment in the state.
BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday released the party manifesto for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls 2017, with Shah confidently declaring that the party will win two-thirds majority with ease in a state which has seen the voting populace alternating between the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
And unlike its usual manifestos, the BJP seems to have given into the lure of sops by announcing that it will give laptops with 1 GB data free to all and not just to people belonging to any caste or religious group alone. The incumbent Akhilesh Yadav government has issued laptops to schoolchildren.
Shah said the party will shutdown all slaughterhouses in the state once it comes to power, a clear attempt to polarise voters. Cow slaughter is a key concern for the Hindu right wing and usually is a tool to hit out at Muslim and Dalit groups, which process beef and cow parts as their livelihood. The manifesto promised a taskforce against illegal mining in the state. Other highlights include all-round development of the state, especially with job opportunities and better law and order environment in the state.
While releasing the manifesto, Amit Shah slammed the SP and the BSP for 15 years of misrule. "BJP is going to form the government with a two-third majority," Shah said. "We have taken the feedback of about 30 lakh people through missed calls, letters, etc. We have done 5,000 public meetings," he added.
"I don't have any qualms about saying that I want to thank the people of UP for giving us 72 of 80 seats. We wouldn't have made a majority govt at the Centre. But it is unfortunate that even with Central government, we can't do much for UP," the party president stated.
The BJP manifesto promised free education, free Wi-Fi in all colleges, a no-interview plan for grade 3 and grade 4 jobs in an effort to do away with corruption and interest free loans to farmers if the BJP came to power.