BJP's big Bihar promises: Free coronavirus vaccine; 19 lakh jobs
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released manifesto for poll-bound Bihar. Among the big promises were free coronavirus vaccine for all and an assurance of 19 lakh jobs to seekers. The manifesto, titled "Paanch sutra, ek lakshya, 11 sankalp" was released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Patna, who claimed that the ruling party has fulfilled its promises. With JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar as its face, NDA is eyeing another term.
At the release of the "Sankalp Patra," Sitharaman said Bihar's citizens are politically sensitive and well-informed. "They know and understand the promises a party makes. If anyone raises questions on our manifesto, we can answer them with confidence as we fulfill what we promised," she said. She also stated people from Bihar are getting employed in different states due to their skills.
Comparing Kumar's fifteen years of governance with RJD's tenure lasting the same, Sitharaman said, "GDP in Bihar has seen a sharp rise under NDA rule, it has grown from 3% to 11.3% in the state in the last 15 years of NDA government and not during the 15 years of jungle raj." She asserted if Kumar wins again, this trend will continue.
On coronavirus vaccine, she said once an effective one is out, large-scale production will be taken up and every person in Bihar will get it for free. "This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto," Sitharaman said. Meanwhile, BJP's 19 lakh job opportunities' promise is aimed at undercutting RJD's Tejashwi Yadav's announcement that his government will give 10 lakh jobs.
As soon as #COVID19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the launch of BJP Manifesto for #BiharPolls pic.twitter.com/x4VjVmkA3Q— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2020
In its eleven sankalp (oaths), BJP also promised three lakh new teachers' appointments within one year. It was also promised that technical courses like medical and engineering would be taught in Hindi, a popular language in the state. Bihar would be developed as an IT hub, said BJP, and in the next five years, over five lakh job opportunities will be created.
BJP's manifesto didn't lose sight of agriculture, a sector on which the maximum population of the state is dependent. Reminding that APMC Act has already been demolished in Bihar, BJP said in its manifesto that besides rice and wheat, pulses would also be brought under fixed MSP rates. The NDA government will encourage co-operatives and combed milk production, the manifesto went on.
Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the manifesto, 28,33,089 houses were constructed in the last six years. Keeping up with the same pace, 30 lakh people will get pucca houses by 2022 in rural and urban areas, it said. The manifesto was, unsurprisingly, dismissed by the opposition with Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala asking when will the state get a special status.
मा. निर्मला जी,— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 22, 2020
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Notably, elections will be held for the 243-member Bihar Assembly in three phases. The first phase for 71 constituencies will be held on October 28; the second phase for 94 constituencies on November 3; and the third for 78 constituencies on November 7. The results will be out on November 10. This is the first large-scale election being held under the shadow of coronavirus.