New Delhi, Apr 2 : The Congress on Tuesday released its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, promising Rs. 72,000 annually to five crore poorest families under Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme, a simplified single slab Goods and Services Tax(GST) and filling up 22 lakh vacancies in the government.
The manifesto was released at the party headquarters at 24 Akbar Road at a press conference by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Union ministers and senior party leaders P Chidambaram and A K Antony.
Describing the Congress manifesto as 'forward looking' document, Dr Singh said that it summed up aspirations of people of India for a decent, dignified life and of self-respect.
'The manifesto has been prepared after consultation with a large number of people from various walks of life. All sections of society have been taken care of. It is the duty of the Congress workers to take the message of the manifesto to the people at large,' the former Prime Minister said.
'This manifesto spells out how we could get out of poverty, ignorance and disease. We would all like India to be a prosperous country where prosperity and productivity go together,’’ said Dr Singh.
While releasing the manifesto, Mr Gandhi said the document was not prepared in 'closed rooms' and reflected 'wishes of the people of India.'
'I also said that whatever is going to be in this manifesto has to be truthful, I do not want a single thing in this manifesto that is a lie because we have been hearing large number of lies spoken everyday by our PM,' the Congress President said in his initial remarks.