BJP releases manifesto in Assam; pledges growth leap in next five years



The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its poll manifesto here on Tuesday, pledging “a bigger growth leap to take Assam to newer heights in the next five years”.

The manifesto, “Sankalpa Patra for an Atmanirbhar Assam” focuses on 10 specific commitments that the saffron party will be focused on and working on if it retains power.

Addressing the gathering after releasing the manifesto, BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda said that while the party would continue pushing the inclusive growth momentum in Assam, the “Sankalpa Patra” would be a roadmap through which the party would move ahead in the coming years.

“Five years back, there were problems galore in Assam as the previous government either had no intention or strength to address them. However, the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government worked tirelessly under the guidance of the Prime Minister to implement the plans on the ground,” Nadda said.

The national BJP president said that the party has given a push to the inclusive development of Assam, solving problems, devising schemes to address them and creating new growth opportunities.

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“As promised, jati (community), mati (land) and bheti (base) have been protected and strengthened, and along with it, Assam’s culture… having gained the momentum of development, we are looking forward to taking a big leap in the next five years… we committed for a long haul and have created a roadmap (manifesto),” he said.

Nadda said that the foremost “Sankalpa” (pledge) would be to mitigate floods in Assam through “Mission Brahmaputra” under which new techniques of mitigating floods would be applied, including dredging of the river and storage of extra water in big reservoirs, besides using the water for other beneficial purposes.

The BJP leader said the party was committed to working for a “correct” National Register Citizens (NRC).

“For the protection of Assam’s rights, we will work for a correct NRC in accordance with the mandate of the Supreme Court… we will protect genuine Indian citizens and detect illegal infiltrators so that the civilisation of Assam is protected and preserved,” Nadda said.

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He said that the delimitation process in Assam would be expedited for protecting the political rights of the people of the state.

Nadda further said two lakh government jobs would be created every year during the next five years, “to make Assam the fastest job-creating state”.

“By March 31, 2022, one lakh government jobs will be created. Simultaneously, one lakh jobs will be enhanced in the private sector. Planning will be done, both at the macro and micro levels,” the BJP leader said.

“Besides, entrepreneurship among youths will be encouraged, and an environment created for it. Young people will be empowered financially through the Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Employment Yojana and two lakh youths will be benefitted every year,” he said.

“Citizens will be empowered with land rights while landless people will be given land patta,” the BJP leader added.

Among the other commitments include women empowerment and enhancement of the financial benefits under the Arunodoi scheme to Rs 3000 per month among 30 lakh families; reconstruction of namghars/satras with a financial aid of Rs 2.5 lakh to every namghar; quality education to children under Mission Sishu Unnayan and free education to children in government institutions and making Assam self-sufficient through the “Asom Ahar Atmanirbharta” scheme.