New Delhi, Apr 6 : Development diplomacy, emphasis on giving push to India’s ‘soft power’ globally and improvement in ease of doing business and creation of jobs would be major highlights of BJP’s Manifesto for the general elections 2019 to be released here on Monday.
BJP sources said the sub-panel on foreign policy has recommended to the party leadership to make a commitment that if voted to power, the BJP-led NDA dispensation will take a giant step to set the agenda for ‘G-All’ vis-a-vis use of soft power like Yoga, India’s diversity and religious festivals at a time when the world is more committed and 'confined' with a Group of 20 nations or seven or five nations.
The Cultural amalgamation sought to have been achieved during the Kumbh earlier this year when representatives and nationals of as many as 182 countries had visited Prayagraj. “All these issues would be highlighted in the Manifesto,” a source said adding in foreign policy of course there cannot be anything very drastic.
Emphasis will be given to ensure greater democratisation of the UN with major roles for the developing nations.
Globally, India's pluralism and the inner faith in democratic traditions would also be highlighted, as per the Sankalp Patra (Document of Pledges).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior ministers and BJP chief Amit Shah have already given their final touches to the same, sources said.
The saffron party, which will complete 11 years in office – in two installments, six years headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and almost five years by incumbent Mr Modi - will also pledge to build new roads, create additional jobs and improve the ease of doing business.
Entrepreneurship at the small and mid-level and setting up of new ports and airports would also get priorities.
The Sankal Patra will have a special reference to NDA’s flagship programs -- providing toilets, electricity connections, cooking gas, crop insurance, houses and loans for small businesses.
There will be thrust on giving momentum to innovation, ensured improvement in qualitative education and creating more jobs.
The BJP Manifesto will also mention largely about women empowerment and may find references to issues like strengthening grip of central government and constitutional bodies in Jammu and Kashmir and also flag off saffron party’s core issues of Ram Temple and Uniform Civil Code.
The Sankalp Patra would come amid intense debate on amending or diluting powers of the security forces under the provisions of the AFSPA as has been promised by Congress in its manifesto.
The Congress party has also promised in its manifesto the pledge to rid India of poverty by 2030 by providing income support to the poor. However, the ruling regime has only called it a lip service by four generation of Congress leaders.
India improved its ranking by 23 spots in the World Banks 2019 Ease of Doing Business survey to 77th place among 190 countries and this aspect may be highlighted more.
India’s science power and the recent entry into the elite space club and to make use of space technology for general good of the people in power and agriculture sectors may also be highlighted.
On February 3, the ruling BJP had kicked off its much ambitious Mission 2019 - a month long 'Bharat Ke Mann Ki Baat - Modi Ke Saath' - to enlist views of at least 10 crore families to prepare the road map for drafting of party's manifesto in order to ensure a progressive and prosperous India.
"Participative democracy is an article of faith for our party. We have always worked to be an effective voice for rights and well-being of each and every Indian and to build a strong and prosperous India," Prime Minister had tweeted.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh was named as chairman of the committee to draft the Sankalp Patra and various sub committees were formed to cater to specific segments like agriculture, women related issues, foreign policy and finance.