The Bharatiya Janata Party Monday released its manifesto for the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections. The manifesto was officially unveiled by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and VK Singh, with Gadkari saying it gives the “highest priority to farmers”. The saffron party promised to create 50 lakh new jobs in the state and make it number one in ease of doing business. It also promised to set up multi-speciality government hospitals in every district. For women drivers, BJP promised a free driver’s license to girls between 18 and 23.
The Election Commission on Monday banned ‘bike rallies’ 72 hours before the date of polling and on the polling day in all election bound states for the upcoming assembly polls. This announcement comes amid reports that “anti-social elements” use motor bikes to intimidate voters.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday addressed rallies in Dhemaji and Maujli in Assam and said that BJP’s priority of development and security has changed the state in the last 5 years. If Congress comes to power, Shah said, infiltration and terrorism would increase. “Congress party’s policy is to “quarrel, break and rule” whereas BJP believes in “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,” Shah said in Dhemaji.
Meanwhile, addressing more rallies in Dibrugarh and Jorhat, BJP President JP Nadda said that since NDA came to power, “it changed the face of Assam” and that BJP has been at the forefront of contributing to the state’s progress. This, he said, was prevented during Congress’s regime who “neglected the region, preventing the wheel of development here.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day visit to Kerala, where he will be addressing poll rallies in Ernakulam district on Monday.
BJP’s manifesto for the Assembly polls in West Bengal was released on Sunday. The manifesto, called ‘Sankalp Patra’, promised to implement CAA and stated that refugees, who have been staying in Bengal for 70 years, will be given citizenship.