Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Team BJP has won the heart of the common man with the Sankalap Patra (Election Manifesto ) which was released on Monday. No political parties including the Congress has succeeded in coming out with a manifesto as varied and comprehensive like the one which was released by the BJP.
More than an election manifesto, what Prime Minister Modi has come out with is a Blue Print for the Economic and Social Development of India. According to Rajnath Singh, union home minister who chaired the manifesto drafting committee of the BJP, the Sankalp Patra is the result of the Prime Minister’s interaction wityh six crore people all over India.
As usual, the BJP has given top priority to the security of the nation, in synch with its stance of India First. While the Congress Manifesto speaks about diuting the Armed Forces Special Power Act as part of its efforts to restrict the maneuverability and operational freedom of the country’s armed forces and para military forces, the BJP has declared its “zero-tolerance approach to terrorism” and has assured the nation that the country’s security would not be compromised at any cost. Self-reliance in defence sector , modernization of police force and combating infiltration are the measures suggested and conceived by the BJP leadership.
It has also promised to take care of the Left wing Extremism, which is getting all kind of support from within the country as well as from outside. It is a measure long overdue.
The measures to double the income of the farmers by 2022 is a scheme which could be implemented in its words and spirit by the BJKP because it has the political will. The measure to Inter Link the Major Indian Rivers through a network of canals would be a permanent solution to the water wars between the States, the recurring floods and draught and farmers’ suicide because of crop failure due to non availability of water.
Besides its offer to bring once crore hectare of agriculture land under micro irrigation and Fertigation to promote judicious use of fertilizers, the BJP has literally surprised its rivals with a yet another innovative scheme. The party would convert our Anna Daatas (those who give us food), the farmers , to Urja Daatas (energy givers). The Centre would encourage the farmers to take up solar farming which would lead to supplementing their income. In Tamil Nadu, one can see miles and miles of dry land where no farming operation is possible. If these lands could be converted into solar farms, Tamil Nadu would become a power house for South India.
The move to set up a ministry for fisheries and setting apart Rs 10,000 crore for the proposed ministry is sure to help the millions of fisherfolk along the country’s coastline in a major way. There are promises to modernize and strengthen the infrastructure including roads, railways and shipping.
The BJP’s USP like abrogation of article 370 as well as annulling Section 35 A of the Constitution with respect to Jammu & Kashmir, the Uniform Civil Code and its commitment to ban Triple Talaq have figured in the manifesto with the offer of building Ram Mandir. These are all programmes which could be implemented only if the BJP wins an absolute majority in the House of 534 members.
To sum it up, this manifesto brings to mind the adage coined by a TV company: “Owner’s Pride and Neighbor’s Envy”. The BJP’s Sankalap Patra is a document prepared with Gross National Happiness in mind. If the karyakartas (workers) of the party succeed in explaining the salient points to the voters, the Hindutwa leaders would be laughinmg all the way to the Lok Sabha on May 23.
Author : kumar chellappan