On the last day of campaigning in the poll-bound Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Saturday released the party’s manifesto with a special focus on farmers, youth and agriculture. At the manifesto launch, Shah said that the state is now almost rid of Naxalism.
Releasing the party manifesto titled ‘Sankalp Patra’, Shah praised the BJP government here for transforming Chhattisgarh over the past 15 years, adding that it has worked tirelessly to eliminate Naxalism from the state.
“Chhattisgarh is the first state to have legislation on skill development. The Raman Singh government has made Chhattisgarh almost free of Naxalism,” Shah said in Raipur.
The BJP chief further added, “Earlier known as Bimaru, Chhattisgarh is now a power and cement hub, medical hub and aluminium hub. Under the BJP rule, Chhattisgarh is now a welfare state. Various schemes, including MGNREGA, have been made corruption-free.”
“The Raman Singh government has given maximum benefits in the agricultural sector. It has also helped people from the tribal background find jobs,” Shah further said.
Attacking the Congress in the backdrop of UP Congress chief Raj Babbar’s statement when he said the Naxals had launched a “revolution”, Shah said, “A party that feels Naxalism is the medium of revolution cannot do any good for Chhattisgarh.”
Shah exuded confidence that the BJP would win the assembly elections for the fourth straight time.
“Taking on the Congress’s propaganda and working tirelessly for the state’s development for the past 15 years is a big challenge. I am confident that the BJP will win a straight fourth term in office,” he said.
Some of the key promises made by the party president under the banner of “Naya Chhattisgarh” included free scooters for women across the state, 80 lakh quintal of free paddy for farmers and permanent houses for everyone by 2022.
Chhattisgarh Congress released its manifesto on Friday, promising farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops as per the Swaminathan Commission and a ban on liquor sales.
Chhattisgarh will vote in two phases. Voting for 18 seats will be held on November 12 and the remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls on November 20. The results will be announced on December 11 for the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly.