BJP releases manifesto centered on ‘Modi ki guarantee’; Reiteration on UCC, One Nation One Election

The manifesto, the prime minister said, focuses on four pillars of Viksit Bharat -- women power, youth power, farmers and the poor, to improve the “quality of life”, “dignity of life” and “increase income”.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 14, 2024 | 1:54 PMUpdatedApr 14, 2024 | 1:56 PM

BJP leaders released the party manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls (X)

The BJP on Sunday, 14 April, morning, released its manifesto known as the “Sankalp Patra” with tagline “Modi ki Guarantee” for the Lok Sabha election 2024, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president JP Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

The day coincides with the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution. The top party brass unveiled the manifesto with a bust of BR Ambedkar and the Constitution on stage with Nadda emphasising Ambedkar’s struggle for social justice.

BJP had appointed a 27-member manifesto committee headed by Rajnath Singh that convened twice to deliberate on its contents following various initiatives launched by the party, such as sending vans across the country and conducting social media campaigns, to gather people’s suggestions.

The party reportedly, received over 1.5 million suggestions for its manifesto, with more than 400,000 submitted through the NaMo app and over 1.1 million through videos.

The manifesto, the prime minister said, focuses on four pillars of Viksit Bharat — women power, youth power, farmers and the poor, to improve the “quality of life”, “dignity of life” and “increase income”.

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Key takeaways of the BJP manifesto 

  • One nation, one election and a common electoral roll system will be introduced
  • Implementing the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)
  • Facilitating the Indian Olympic Association to bid for hosting the Olympic Games in 2036
  • Implementing law against paper leaks

BJP’s promises to the poor

  • Free ration scheme will be extended for the next 5 years under PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
  • The government said it will focus on self-reliance in production of pulses, edible oils and vegetables to stabilise price and safeguard the plates of the poor (garib ki thali)
  • Free health treatment for the poor families under the Ayushman Bharat and other such initiatives will be continued
  • PM Awas Yojana will be further expanded to ensure quality housing for poor families
  • Har Ghar Nal se Jal scheme will ensure clean drinking water for all households in villages, towns and cities
  • Extensive use of technology to reduce the wastage of water
  • Slum redevelopment to construct houses on slum land to rehabilitate slum dwellers
  • PM Ujjwala Yojana program will be continued to provide LPG connections to beneficiaries
  • Free electricity will be provided to poor households under PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana

For the middle-class

  • Support for affordable quality housing and healthcare, access to quality education and ample employment opportunities
  • Will strengthen the RERA act and work with the state governments to facilitate home ownership for middle-class through measures like cost reduction in construction and registration, regulatory reforms like enabling automatic approvals for standard housing designs, among others
  • The government will continue to expand the AIIMS and Ayushman Arogya Mandir network and also provide subsidised medicines through Jan Aushadhi Kendras to ensure accessible high quality healthcare services
  • Will introduce more IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and other such institutes and launch internship programmes to blend academic and practical skills
  • The government will focus on the modern road network, enhance rail and metro connectivity with new-age trains and expanded networks, develop comprehensive EV charging stations, construct new airports and advance our telecom infrastructure with affordable 5G and innovative 6G technology
  • Will develop more green spaces like parks, playgrounds etc., revive water bodies like lakes and ponds and develop other natural spaces to make cities more adaptable, sustainable and people-friendly

Assurances to women

  • The government will empower women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) with the skills and tools in key service sectors like IT, healthcare, education, retail and tourism with an aim to increase their income
  • Will integrate women SHGs with ongoing initiatives such as One District One Product (ODOP), Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), Ekta Mall, ONDC, GEM, One Station One Product, enhancing better market access for their products
  • Will ensure development of infrastructure such as working women’s hostels, creches etc. to facilitate increased participation of women in the workforce
  • Will encourage greater participation of women in sports by launching women sportsperson-focused programmes and facilities
  • Construction and maintenance of public toilets for women under Swachh Bharat Mission
  • Will expand the existing health services focussed on the prevention and reduction of Anaemia, Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Osteoporosis, ensuring a healthy life for women
  • Will systematically implement Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam to ensure representation for women in the Parliament and State Legislatures
  • Expansion of Shakti Desks (Women Help Desks) in police stations for timely investigation and resolution of issues.
  • Strengthening of Emergency Helpline 112 for emergency response support system

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Promises to the youth

  • The manifesto document included implementation of law to prevent paper leaks to stop misconduct in recruitment exams across the country
  • It promised to fill the government vacancies in a time bound and transparent manner
  •  ‘Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat)’ scheme will be enhanced to develop leadership skills and spirit of volunteering by providing equitable access for participation in government initiatives
  • Expansion of the startup ecosystem by making Bharat a preferred destination for startups, supported by robust investment and mentorship.  The government will work with the private sector to expand the incubator network and link them with higher education institutes to promote entrepreneurship among our students
  • Expansion of the existing Startup India Seed Fund Scheme and Startup Credit Guarantee Scheme to ensure adequate funds for our start-ups in their entrepreneurial journeys
  • Increase in employment opportunities in manufacturing with PLI and Make in India programmes.
  • Establishment of more Global Capability Centres (GCCs), Global Tech Centres (GTCs) and Global Engineering Centres (GECs) to make Bharat the global hub for High-Value Services

For senior citizens, farmers

  • All 70+ to be brought under Ayushman Bharat ambit, to be provided with free treatment upto ₹5 Lakh
  • Senior citizens will be provided training in using UPI and other online payment methods, while also educating them on how to recognize and avoid digital scams
  • The government will implement age-friendly public infrastructure and transportation systems to facilitate mobility and independence for senior citizens
  • Annual financial assistance of ₹6,000 under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana
  • Strengthening PM Fasal Bima to ensure speedy and more accurate assessment, faster payouts and quicker grievance resolution.
  • Increase in MSP for major crops from time to time
  • Establishment of new clusters for the production of essentials like onion, tomato, potato etc ans setting up of storage and logistics facilities there
  • Millets to be promoted as global superfood and will expand its cultivation among small farmers, promote research
  • National Mission on Natural Farming to be launched to promote nature-friendly, climate-resilient, remunerative agriculture for food and nutrition secure Bharat
  • Krishi Infrastructure Mission for integrated planning and coordinated implementation agri-infrastructure projects
  • Expansion of irrigation facilities to implement cutting-edge technology for efficient water management
  • Launching of Bharat Krishi Satellite for farm-related activities like crop forecasting, pesticide application, irrigation, soil health, and weather forecasting, among others

Other assurances 

  • PM Modi also said the BJP has decided to bring the transgender community under the ambit of the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
  • Expansion of network of dairy cooperatives in villages in the next five years with facilities of fodder banks, milk testing laboratories, bulk milk coolers, and milk processing units
  • Gaganyaan, Bharat’s first human spaceflight mission, will be launched. Establishment of Bharatiya Antariksha Station (BAS)
  • Launching of National Atmospheric Mission to be called Mausam to make Bharat ‘weather-ready’ and ‘climate-smart’
  • Expansion of Vande Bharat trains to every corner of the country. 3 models of Vande Bharat – Vande Bharat Sleeper, Vande Bharat Chaircar and Vande Bharat Metro. One Bullet Train to run in North India, another in South India and one in Eastern India
  • The loan ceiling under the Mudra Yojana will be increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh
  • Jan Jatiya Gaurav Diwas will be celebrated On Bhagwan Birsa Munda’s 105th birth anniversary
  • The party aims to achieve a permanent seat for India in the United Nations Security Council
  • Launching of special programme utilising satellite imagery for rendering integrated service for the
    fishermen community

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)