Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: Issues related to women and religion form the core of the poll manifestos of the BJP and the Congress, with both parties vying with each other in announcing sops to woo voters for the crucial November 12 Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, according to an analysis by news agency PTI. While the Congress on Saturday unveiled the “Har Ghar Lakshmi, Nari Samman Nidhi” promising Rs 1500 per month to adult women besides 300 units of free power which too would potentially ease the living of women, the BJP on Sunday launched a dedicated manifesto for the female voters calling the document Stree Sankalp Patra.
Another thrust area of the manifestos of both parties is religion with the BJP promising a “Him Teerath” circuit to link major temples and Shakti Peeths by launching 45 special busses from New Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Meerut and Mathura. The Congress has for the first time included a stand-alone segment in its manifesto on “Devsthan and Tirth Yatras” (Temples and Pilgrimages).
Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said although he separated from the party, he wasn’t against their policy of secularism. “It was only due to the party’s system getting weakened. I would still want that Congress performs well in Gujarat & HP Assembly polls. AAP isn’t capable to do so,” he said, reported ANI. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the forces that indulged in spreading hatred and defamed Gujarat will be swept out of the state in the next month’s Assembly elections. Meanwhile, BJP national president J P Nadda Sunday released the party’s manifesto for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections in Shimla. “The BJP Government will bring the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state. A committee of experts will be formed for the purpose and UCC will be implemented in the state on the basis of their report,” he said.