BJP's poll manifesto is voice of an isolated man, says Rahul Gandhi


NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said BJP's manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls was the voice of ‘an isolated man’.

"The Congress manifesto was created through discussion. The voice of over a million Indian people it is wise and powerful," Gandhi said in a tweet.

"The BJP Manifesto was created in a closed room. The voice of an isolated man, it is short-sighted and arrogant," he added.

On Monday, the Congress had dubbed the BJP's election manifesto a ‘Jhansa Patra’ (deception document) and a ‘bubble of lies’.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its manifesto titled ‘Sankalp Patra’ for the high-stakes general election starting April 11 on Monday.

The key highlights of party manifesto are issues of development and national security.

It had promised to implement the NRC in different parts of the country to push out infiltrators and zero tolerance to terror while reiterating its pet causes, construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A, dealing with Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

The BJP also made a slew of promises to woo different sections of the society, especially farmers, youth and women, besides the downtrodden.

On Sunday, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had unveiled campaign themes and other materials of the party's election campaign, with ‘Phir ek baar, Modi sarkar’ (Modi government, once more) as the tag line.

The Congress had released its manifesto titled “Hum Nibhayenge” on April 2.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi had described it as the "voice of people".

“We have delivered the voice of the people. We have been hearing a large number of lies spoken every day by our prime minister” Gandhi had said after releasing the manifesto.
Gandhi had said the highlight of the party’s manifesto is the proposed minimum income guarantee scheme, which was first announced on March 25.

On March 25, Rahul Gandhi had announced, under this scheme, the poorest 20 per cent families of the country will get income support of Rs 72,000 per annum.

The Congress chief also said if his party is elected to power, its government would spend six per cent of the GDP on education.


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