In a highly anticipated move, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, branding it as ‘Modi Ki Guarantee’. However, the unveiling of the manifesto has sparked controversy, with the Congress party criticizing it as an apology rather than a promise of commitments.

Manifesto Unveiling Ceremony

The BJP’s manifesto launch event was graced by the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with top party leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and BJP chief JP Nadda. Held at the BJP headquarters in Delhi, the ceremony emphasized Prime Minister Modi’s focus on ‘GYAN’ – the welfare of the poor, youth, farmers, and women.

Key Highlights of the Manifesto

Prime Minister Modi highlighted the four pillars of the manifesto, emphasizing the empowerment of women, youth, farmers, and the underprivileged sections of society. The manifesto focuses on enhancing the “dignity of life” and ensuring the “quality of life” for all citizens. Key initiatives include the expansion of the free ration scheme for an additional five years, self-reliance in essential food production, and the extension of healthcare and housing schemes such as Ayushman Bharat and PM Awas Yojana.

Commitment to Farmers

The BJP manifesto reiterated its commitment to farmers by pledging to continue the annual assistance of ₹ 6,000 under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. Additionally, the party aims to bolster the crop insurance scheme through technological advancements and ensure periodic hikes in Minimum Support Price for crops. The manifesto also promises the establishment of new production clusters and storage facilities to support agricultural productivity.

Addressing the Media

BJP chief JP Nadda reaffirmed the party’s commitment to fulfilling all guarantees made under the ‘Modi ki guarantee’ slogan. He highlighted the government’s swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing India’s successful vaccine drive and global outreach efforts. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who chaired the committee responsible for drafting the manifesto, underscored the BJP’s track record of fulfilling past pledges, including the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the construction of the Ayodhya Ram Temple.

Congress Criticism

In a sharp rebuke to the BJP’s manifesto, Congress spokespersons Pawan Khera and Supriya Shrinate criticized the document as a mere apology for unfulfilled promises. Khera highlighted discrepancies between the BJP’s past commitments and their actual implementation, citing issues such as the electoral bond controversy and the failure to deliver on Smart City projects. Shrinate accused the BJP of spreading misinformation and neglecting key issues such as ethnic violence in Manipur and protests in Ladakh.

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