On the last day of campaigning for the first phase of the Chhattisgarh polls, BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Raman Singh Saturday released the party’s manifesto with a special focus on farmers and youth. Chhattisgarh goes to polls in two phases; voting for 18 seats will be held on November 12 and the remaining 72 constituencies on November 20. The results will be announced on December 11.
Releasing the manifesto in Raipur, Shah praised the state government for transforming Chhattisgarh in the past 15 years, adding that it has worked tirelessly to eliminate Naxalism from the state. “Chhattisgarh was the first state to have a legislation on skill development. Raman Singh government has made Chhattisgarh almost free of Naxalism,” Shah said.
The BJP president further said, “Earlier known as economically backward (BIMARU), Chhattisgarh is now a power and cement hub. Under BJP rule, Chhattisgarh is now a welfare state. Various schemes, including MGNREGA, have been made corruption-free.”
“The Raman Singh government has given the maximum benefits in the area of agriculture. It has also done good work in helping people from tribal background find jobs.” Shah added.
Targeting the Congress, Shah said, “A party that feels Naxalism is a medium of revolution cannot do any good for Chhattisgarh.” The Congress released its manifesto Friday promising farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops as per the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and a ban on liquor sales.
Shah exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win this month’s Assembly polls in the state for the fourth straight time. “Taking on the Congress’s propaganda and working tirelessly for the state’s development for the last 15 years is a big challenge. I am confident that the BJP will win a straight fourth term in office,” he said.
On Saturday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon and Kanker. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also addressing a rally in Lormi city of the state, to woo the voters.