Congress’ poll manifesto manifests desperation to grab power

Promises schemes already in operation; abandoned by its own govt Abounds in alluring but impractical promises

BHOPAL: Congress party might have been charging chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan of being ‘ Ghoshnaveer’ but its own election manifesto is overflowing with tall promises. The election manifesto of Congress clearly reflects its desperation to come to power in the state.

Congress’ poll manifesto manifests desperation to grab power

The Congress seems to make any assurance irrespective of its feasibility and ability to fulfill it. The issue of loan waiver of farmers has been in the news since 2008. The BJP, in its 2008 election manifesto, had promised loan waiver but could not do it. Now, the Congress, by promising to waive off loans up to Rs 51,000, has tried to lure the farmers, ignoring the fact that most of the scams in the past are related to loan waiver.

The announcements like free ration and electricity are frequently made during election times but their fulfillment pose a big challenge before the government when it comes to power.

The Congress, which is trying to woo minority voters by assuring to implement the recommendations of Sacchar Committee, might annoy the Hindu voters. By promising free single- point connections, the Congress has put its own previous regime in the state in dock. It was during the government of chief minister Digvijay Singh that the scheme of free singlepoint connections was discontinued in the name of reforms in power sector.

The road map drawn up by the Congress for itself in the state is still hazy as there is nothing new and it is offering the same allurements to the voters this time too. The latest election manifesto mentions constituting a legislative council but the

Congress government in its 10 years’ rule, did not show any seriousness towards fulfilling the promise. There are several promises in the manifesto related to schemes already running in the state and in this condition, their mention in Congress’ manifesto is beyond understanding.

The schemes run by Shivraj government in the state namely the Teerth- Darshan ojana, scheme to build houses for the poor, self- employment loan, free medical tests and medicines in hospitals are included in the Congress’ manifesto. The manifesto speaks of disclosure of wealth of chief minister and ministers in the state assembly, but the fact is that it is already in existence.

The current manifesto of Congress is similar to its manifesto made for 2012 assembly elections in Gujarat, which was full of assurances related to free sops and facilities. Although Congress could not get any benefit from it in the elections.

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