A vow to protect the interests of Karnataka where the national parties have failed, including the sharing of river water, is among the central assurances made by the Janata Dal (Secular) in the manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls released on Friday.
The JD(S), led by former prime minister H D Devegowda, has in the manifesto promised new policies for rural Indian and inter-state river water sharing intended to protect the interests of the state.
Elected representatives of the Congress and BJP have taken no action in getting Karnataka its due share of water and other resources from the centre, Devegowda said at the low-key release of the manifesto. “Both the Congress and the BJP have concentrated on strengthening their political existence,” the manifesto stated.
The JD(S) candidates who are voted into parliament would bring pressure on the central government to create a national policy on sharing of river water since a separate policy for each river has not helped the interests of Karnataka in the case of the Cauvery and Krishna rivers, Devegowda said.
The party has also proposed a policy for rural India where rural development programmes are linked to urban development programmes and state and central governments have to collaborate to implement schemes. The JD(S) has claimed in its manifesto that the role of national parties is gradually diminishing in the country and regional parties will, over the years, emerge as forces.
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The manifesto also lays emphasis on employment, empowerment of women, health, election reform and protection of the environment.
The former prime minister also criticized the two national parties for carrying out a campaign that is individual-centric rather than being programme-centric.