Flanked by the former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the UPA chairperson, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the Congess President, Mr. Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday released the party's manifesto for Lok Sabha elections, the manifesto panel chief, Mr. P. Chidambaram, pointed out they had carefully crafted theme of the manifesto to marry creation of wealth with the guarantee of welfare.
Dr. Manmohan Singh said the manifesto spells out the party's grand vision of a rapidly expanding economy and what they planned to do to address poverty, ignorance and disease. Their target was to target eradicate poverty totally by 2030. He recalled that the 10 years of UPA rule were marked by an impressive growth and 140 crore people were brought out of poverty
Mr. Gandhi, Dr. Singh, the former party president, Mrs.Gandhi jointly released the manifesto, which was titled 'Hum Nibhayenge' (We will keep our promise), recalling a former US president's clarion call. Mr. Rahul Gandhi declared they would have a stand-alone budget for farmers on the lines of previous railways budget after releasing the manifesto.
he said loan default by farmers won’t be considered a criminal offence if they are elected. It would only be considered a civil offence. He said the party would allocate 6 per cent of the budget to education and he also declared Nyay Scheme, by providing an election slogan, 'Gareebi pe vaar, bahattar hazaar.
Coming to the other major issue of joblessness, Mr. Gandhi said the Congress would fill 22 lakh vacant government jobs by March 2020, adding, 'We will absorb 10 lakh youth in Jind at the gram Sabha level.'
Mr. Gandhi said the Nyay scheme will jump start the economy that had been jammed by the double disaster of demonetisation and GST, by putting money in the hands of 20 per cent poorest families in the country. New entrepreneurs would be given three year tax and approval breaks, he said. 'You can set up business and won’t need any approvals for three years.' Mr. Gandhi said the Prme Minister might try as much as he wants to shift the narrative away but he would not be be able to do this. 'The narrative has been set by Nyay Scheme and by farm crisis and lack of jobs.'
He explained why he had chosen to contest from Wayanad. Mr. Gandhi said there was a perception that Southern India was feeling hostile to the Prime Minister because he was not taking them along. 'I’m going to South because I want to give them a sense of bonding'.
Attacking Mr. Narendra Modi for playing the 'Hindu card in respect of Wayanad, Mr. Gandhi said, 'Everyone is a Hindu. The PM is afraid and scared and doesn’t face the press. We will defeat him in the upcoming polls.'
He said he was absolutely certain the issue in this election will be corruption, the Nyay Scheme, joblessness and farm distress.' He said that finally the focus would be five-fold — tackling farm distress, joblessness, women’s security, new business and small enterprises, and health and education.