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Didi releases party manifestos, reflects ‘national ambition’

The manifestos listed policies relating to electoral and judicial reforms and to bring back ‘black money’ stashed in foreign countries. Tweet This
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Mamata Banerjee releases TMC election manifesto at her Kalighat residence on Saturday. Mamata Banerjee releases TMC election manifesto at her Kalighat residence on Saturday.

Attacking Congress and BJP CM Mamata Banerjee Saturday released two manifestos of her party, one for state and other titled ‘National Manifesto — Our Mission and Vision’.

Clearly refelecting Mamata’s ‘national ambition’, the manifestos listed policies relating to electoral and judicial reforms and to bring back ‘black money’ stashed in foreign countries.

Mamata said: “Both the parties have lost their credibility and credentials.  While UPA-II was marked by misrule, the BJP has repeatedly been held responsible for riots and communal strife.” She accused the Left of “inner contradictions and fascist rule”.
Unfolding her national agenda, Mamata said she wanted to see a “resurgent, just and dynamic India.”

Confident that her party would emerge as the third largest party after Lok Sabha elections, she said the Trinamool Congress would play a crucial role in the formation of a government at the Centre.

Claiming to implement her ‘national manifesto’, if a TMC-led government  is formed at the Centre, Mamata said she had laid down four priorities areas in her manifesto.

Bringing electoral reform as the first priority, she said: “We believe that there should be an extensive electoral reform in the country. Right from a six-month-old party to a party of  ‘haves and have nots’, have 1,000 crore in their funds. From where is this money coming from? The state should fund elections as done in USA, UK, France, Denmark and Russia. There has to be state funding in the electoral process.”

Attacking BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi indirectly, she said: “We condemn the ways in which political parties raise money. One has to pay a huge amount to take part in a meeting. They are raising money through tea parties and through online. These are hypocritical people. They charge Rs 1 lakh for a front row seat, Rs 50,000 for second rwo and Rs 10,000 for third row. To have a lunch and or dinner, one has to shell out Rs 25 lakh. What kind of politics is this? This is double standard,” she said.
Mamata further mentioned bringing about administrative and judicial reforms in the country as her second and third priority.

Creating an e-tendering and an e-procurement for defence ministry is another priority area, Banerjee said: “Corruption in defence has ashamed the country.”

She further said, if TMC would be in a position to influence national policies, the party would ensure all tribals are given BPL status and subsidised ration in West Bengal.

West Bengal at present treats all the tribals BPL and gives 3.2 crore tribals rice at Rs 2 per kg.

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