The ruling BJP in Karnataka has virtually recast its last budget for the state as its election manifesto for the May 5 assembly polls,announcing 25 kg of rice at the price of Re 1 for all BPL families and free laptops for college students.
Like in the budget presented by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar in February,the BJP in its manifesto titled Progress all the way,BJP is the way has promised 50 per cent reservation of seats to women in local bodies and priority for Kannada-medium students in higher education and employment.
Lessons on the Sangh Parivars pet topic of cultural nationalism and moral values as part of the education curriculum,free wi-fi and Internet for all schools and colleges as well as the introduction of Yoga in schools and colleges are among the other promises.
Politically,we have emerged cleaner,stronger and more cohesive. We are now entering with the hope of another mandate to serve (the people), the partys national leader Arun Jaitley said.
Shettar said the BJP had managed to turn around its image following charges of corruption during the first three years the party was in power in Karnataka. We have provided good governance and a corruption-free and transparent government, he said,referring his own tenure and that of his predecessor D V Sadananda Gowda after B S Yeddyurappa was removed in 2011.
Among the other key highlights of the manifesto is a new scheme to provide vocational employment for five lakh poor families,skill development for 10 lakh youth and creation of jobs for them.
The manifesto also promises drinking water to all,solar power for agriculture pumps,uninterrupted power supply and mobile medical services for all people and livestock.