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Congress Promises “Qarza Half, Bijli Maaf” in the UP Elections 2017 Manifesto

The party vowed to focus on loan waivers for farmers and cheaper electricity


The congress party today released its manifesto for the Uttar Pradesh 2017 Assembly Elections in which the party focussed on Youth, Women, Farmers as well as Dalits. Congress General Secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad, UP Congress Chief Raj Babbar, Salman Khurshid and other senior leaders released the manifesto in Lucknow at the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee Headquarters.

The focus of the party’s manifesto is on youth, women, loan waivers for farmers and cheaper electricity. Interestingly, the party promises jobs to 50 lakh youths and promoting entrepreneurship among youth, particularly the minorities.

Here are some highlights of the party’s manifesto:

  1. ‘Qarza Maaf, Bijli Half’ is the prime issue taken in the party’s manifesto. The party promised the welfare scheme that proposes to waive off loans of debt ridden farmers and reducing the price of electricity for farmers and artisans by half.
  2. Police reforms, is also an issue that figures among the top issues. The party proposes changes in police preparedness and response measures while citing guidelines issued by Supreme Court of India.
  3. In the mention of women-specific poll promise, the party has proposed 50% reservation for women in Panchayat elections, which can really revolutionise the way that Gram Panchayat works.
  4. Push for better implementation of credit facilities for small-scale industry and self-employment. The party has also proposed a new Uttar Pradesh Skills and Employment Mission for skilling youths and ensuring jobs for 50 lakh youths. A separate cell looking after job creation is proposed to be created within the Chief Minister’s office.
  5. For incentives to minorities, the party proposes a scheme to encourage young entrepreneurs to start their businesses.
  6. It has proposed to reform the Mandi system while optimising fertiliser distribution in the state. It also promises farmers that they will be provided returns over and above the MSP announced by the Central Government by establishing an Agricultural Price Commission.

Also, the twelve-page manifesto condemned BJP’s “anti-poor and anti-people policies”, saying, “Divisive forces run rampant with impunity across the country and to combat these forces our two great parties – Samajwadi Party and Congress have allied.” The Congress also described its coming together with Samajwadi Party as “an important moment” in the history of country’s politics.

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