Karnataka is gearing up for polls as the date to cast their votes nears. Ahead of May 10 elections, Bharatiya Janata Party on May 1, released the party's manifesto in Bengaluru.
BJP national President JP Nadda, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, former CM and state political heavyweight BS Yediyurappa and state BJP chief Naleen Kateel released the manifesto.
Major promises in manifesto
Some of the major promises BJP made in the manifesto are application of Uniform Civil Code in the state. Further more, the saffron party promised a special wing in the state police called "Karnataka - State Wing against Religious Fundamentalism and Terror (K-SWIFT) and they also promised to introduce National Register of Citizens in Karnataka to ensure paced deportation of illegal immigrants.
CM Bommai's address
Shortly after the unveiling programme, CM Bommai addressed the media. Bommai in his speech called the manifesto as people's manifesto and said that it was made keeping in mind the benefit of Karnataka and India at large. Bommai said that they have given importance to agrarian programs.
Bommai stated that the manifesto stressed on the importance to development of Karnataka, in line with 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' motto of PM Modi. BJP has planned to develop Karnataka as a vibrant state with efforts to make it a $1 trillion economy.
"The BJP manifesto includes-- the implementation of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in Karnataka based on the recommendations given by a high-level committee which is to be constituted for the purpose; to improve the “ease of living” of apartment dwellers in Bengaluru by constituting the Karnataka Residents’ Welfare Consultative Committee to reform the Karnataka Apartment Ownership Act, 1972 and to modernise the grievance redressal mechanism," said CM Bommai.
"The BJP manifesto promises to provide 3 free cooking gas cylinders to all BPL families annually; one each during the months of Yugadi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Deepavali and to launch the ‘Poshana’ scheme through which every BPL household will be provided with half litre Nandini milk every day and 5 kg Shri Anna - siri dhanya through monthly ration kits," added CM Bommai.
Yediyurppa, Nadda on BJP's manifesto
Former CM BS Yediyurappa echoed similar thoughts and said that the manifesto was developed keeping people from across all sections. He also called on the workers to inform the public about the manifesto of the party and make them aware how it will benefit the public.
Nadda while addressing media said, "The Manifesto for Karnataka has not been formulated sitting in an Air-conditioned room, rather a due exercise has been done; a great amount of toil and perseverance by our workers who visited every nook and corner of the States got suggestions and connected to lakhs of the households before this content was created."
He also stated that the manifesto of the saffron party has promises that are real and achievable and can help to turn people's dreams into reality.
Six major points of BJP's manifesto
He also said that the manifesto is based on six major points and they are:
Anna - Food Security
Akshara - Quality Education
Aarogya - Affordable and accessible healthcare
Aadaaya - Focus on income for all
Abhaya - Social justice for all
Abhivruddhi - Development, prosperity for all