The BJP on Tuesday released a comprehensive, 56-page manifesto ahead of Jharkhand assembly polls, with the document mentioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi at least five times but having only four lines on the party’s policy on left wing extremism.
The BJP’s document was released by national president Amit Shah in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Dharmendra Pradhan, Sudarshan Bhagat, Jayant Sinha and a host of state-based leaders of the party.
The BJP document talks of adapting a host of schemes that are a part of PM Modi’s vision – Make in Jharkhand, self-attestation of documents, e-governanace, formation of Tarun Dals for youth and houses for all by 2022.
However, when it comes to LWE, probably one of the biggest headaches for administrators in the state – and one which Jharkhand has topped the country in terms of related incidents since 2012 – the BJP has only four lines to talk about. “…We will try to combine social as well as developmental solutions for extremism even as we use administrative tools to bring about a lawful society,” goes the main promise on LWE, which omits the talk of surrender policy and rehabilitation of former rebels altogether.
Though it is an exhaustive document, the BJP’s manifesto will be noticed for the silences. Apart from LWE, it also skirts around resolving the domicile policy – only promising to make attempts to give priority to local people in jobs. Though it talks of attempting to curb migration by providing jobs, the BJP manifesto has nothing to say about stopping human trafficking.
The party seems to be taking a more serious view of the problem of displacement, though. promising policy changes to take care of the problems faced by those displaced by mining and industries.
There are radical declarations on governance – performance-based grading for government employees that could have a say in promotions is one of them. Another is the proposal to have caste certificates issued automatically with 10th standard pass certificates. The BJP also promises a new sports university for the state. On the anti-corruption front, special tribunals are in the offing as well as compulsory declaration of assets by government officials as well as elected representatives.
In what could be a nod to the RSS, the BJP also promises to honour those who were part of Jayaprakash Narayan’s Total Revolution. This, in a situation where successive state governments have failed to even recognise statehood activists.