In a bid to woo rural voters, the BJP on Friday released its manifesto for the Karnataka Assembly elections, promising Rs 1.5 lakh crore for irrigation projects and waiver of farm loan of upto Rs one lakh borrowed from nationalised and cooperative banks. BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa released the manifesto.
As part of its poll promises in the manifesto which has been named as BJPVachana4Karanataka, the party said it would re-introduce the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill 2012 if voted to power in the elections slated for next week.
Besides promising to bring out a “white paper” on the financial health of the state under the present Siddaramaiah-led Congress government, the party also announced a scheme of Rs 25,000 and three grams of fold for brides coming under the BPL category.
Here are some of the other promises enlisted in the party’s manifesto:
1. Allocation of Rs 3,000 crore for development of animal husbandry and dairy farming infrasture, besides Rs 1,000 crore for expansion of veterinary services.
2. Rs 5,000 crore for Raitha Bandhu Market Intervention Fund and various other schemes to support farmers during price fluctuations.
3. Allocation of Rs 1.5 Lakh crore for “Sujalam Suphalam Karnataka Yojane” to ensure completion of all irrigation projects by 2023.
4. Launch of “Mission Kalyani” to rejuvenate all tanks and lakes in the state.
5. Rs 100 crore for Raitha Bandhu Scholarship to enable farmers’ children to pursue agriculture and allied sector courses.
6. Loans of upto Rs two lakhs at one percent interest for women working at self help groups. Also, establishment of Stree Unnati Fund to set up one of the largest women’s run co-operatives.
7. Formation of a Special Investigation Cell under the supervision of a woman police officer. At least 1,000 police women will be employed to probe all pending crimes against women in the state.
8. Free sanitary napkins for women and female students below the poverty line while at Re 1 for other women under the Mukhya Mantri Smartphone Yojane and Stree Suvidha Scheme respectively.
9. Launch of Ayushman Karnataka Scheme to provide health cover of Rs 5 lakh for poor and vulnerable families. Also, setting up of two Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (on the lines of AIIMS).
10. Make Kannada a compulsory non-test introductory subject in all universities to help non-Kannada speaking students. Also, sign Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with other states to offer Kannada as either second or third language in schools and as an optional subject in universities.
11. Organise Special Industrial Investment Summit for Hyderabad-Karnataka region in one of the district headquarters, in Article 371-J region, every two years to attract investment.
12. Setting up of a separate ministry to plan and implement clean drinking water projects for every household. Also, a separate ministry to make Karnataka a “Hut Free” and “Slum Free” state through proper implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana.
13. Special coaching centres to prepare SC/ST/OBC/BPL students for entrance exams like JEE, CAT, KPSC and UPSC. BPL category students seeking higher education to get zero interest rate loans upto Rs 3 Lakh for degree and Rs 5 Lakh for integrated courses.
14. “Annadasoha” Scheme to ensure food security for all. Provide BPL card holders with free food items and APL card holders with quality food items at lesser rates Rs 1,500 Crore “Maharishi Valmiki Scholarship Scheme” to increase scholarships of ST students.
Congress criticises manifesto
Taking to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala called the manifesto a “Jumlafesto- a handbook of unabashed lies”. He said:
BJP’s Karnataka Manifesto is a classic case of 0+0=0 (Copy of 2014 ModiFesto + 2018 Yeddy-Reddy Festo = 0).
Taking a cue from Modiji, It’s a Jumlafesto- a handbook of unabashed lies.
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— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 4, 2018